Sesame Street

Funko Pop! Sesame Street Vinyl Figures Unboxing

If you read this blog with any sort of frequency, you know that I LOVE Sesame Street.  (You can read my other Sesame Street Posts here) So I was pretty darn excited when Funko sent me a bunch of their new Sesame Street Pop! vinyl figures.   I, along with everyone else in the world, love the Pop! figures (I currently have a Funko Pop! Phillie Phanatic on my desk at Joule HQ), and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on these!

They came yesterday afternoon, so today I did my first unboxing video!  Check it out!

The Sesame Street figures will be available on May 25, 2015 . You can order them at this (affiliate) link:
Funko Pop! Sesame Street Figures at Amazon

Elmo will live on.

Elmo will live on.

If you read this blog you probably know that I am HUGE Sesame Street fan.  One of the highlights of my “Life List” (instead of a morbid “Bucket List” I prefer to keep track of the cool things I’ve already had a chance to do) is meeting Kevin Clash, Elmo’s puppeteer

The news today that Clash has resigned his post has left me heartbroken.  Not because of Elmo, as Sesame Workshop said in a statement: 

“Elmo is bigger than any one person and will continue to be an integral part of ‘Sesame Street’ to engage, educate and inspire children around the world,” 

We all adjusted to “new” Kermit, and after a few episodes and some time, kids won’t notice a difference with Elmo either.  Clash has created a legacy with Elmo that will survive his leaving.  Though, I’m sure giving up performing Elmo will cause him some grief.  I’m pretty sure Elmo has a life of his own, and I
m pretty sure Clash loves him.

I’m more upset because Clash was a huge part of the Sesame Workshop team.  He co-executive produced Sesame Street, and was the Muppet Captain on the show.  Footage from the documentary Being Elmo  shows Clash traveling around the world to teach international versions of his signature Muppet how to, well…Be Elmo.

Sesame Workshop is one of my favorite organizations.  They offer free early-childhood education to kids around the world.  They teach kids internationally about social issues that matter to them.  In the United States they have recently launched initiatives to help military families deal with Iraq-War related injuries, with learning to save money and ending childhood obesity.  In Israel, Pakistan and Jordan they teach children about cultural diversity, in Africa they teach kids about AIDS.  They are a fantastic organization, and losing Clash is a sad moment for them and the children they serve.

I don’t know if the accusations made against Clash are true or not. I met Clash last year, and I didn’t get a single sinister vibe from the guy. On the contrary, he was one of the nicest and most gracious people I’ve ever met.  Regardless, it’s a real loss for kids everywhere.

As Super-Dad said of the situation:  “It sucks when stuff like this happens.”

To read about when I met Elmo click here.
To donate to Sesame Workshop click here.

Parenting Magazine and Sesame Workshop team up to bring us “Sesame Corner”

This post has everything I love: Sesame Street, free stuff, and homeschooling / education materials.  ,  The folks over at Parenting Magazine have a bunch of printable coloring pages and worksheets available on their website. While I just found out this about this via a tweet from @Parenting, they have been offering a new themed pack about once a month since March of 2008!  Your child can learn about Thanksgiving, Recycling, Back to School, Colors, Animals and more with these printable sets.  My only complaint is that the process of clicking and and downloading each page simultaneously is a bit tedious, but again, it’s a great free resource!