Sesame Street has been on for more 48 years this year, which means more than one generation have become attached to the gang that lives at or near 123 Sesame St. In honor of #sesamestreetday, which first aired on Nov. 10, 1969, we’ve got some simple, fun ways to get in the spirit of the day by becoming one of your favorite characters. No face paint needed. Read on for our tips on how to be the Street.

bert & ernie photo: Gerard Bierens via flickr


Read: Don’t Let the Pigeon Ride the Bus
Eat: Oatmeal
Wear: Vertical stripes
Do: The Pigeon (dance)


Read: Best. Jokes. Ever. 
Eat: Bert’s food
Wear: Horizontal stripes
Do: Take a bath with your rubber duckie.

cookie monster cupcakes photo: atomtigerzoo via flickr

Cookie Monster

Read: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Eat: Cookies (and a few apples, too).
Wear: Anything blue and furry, or just stick some googly eyes on your jacket.
Do: Bake cookies.

oscar the grouchphoto: Photo Pheind via flickr 


Read: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Eat: Garlic ice cream, gummy worms.
Wear: Green
Do: Complain, shout “Go away!” and “Scram!” 

big bird muralphoto: R J via flickr 

Big Bird

Read: National Audobon Society’s Field Guide to North American Birds (Eastern Region)
Eat: Food with lots of seeds, like these cookies.
Wear: Yellow; a feather boa
Do: Sing your ABC’s.

count von count sesame streetphoto: worldbank via flickr

Count Von Count

Read: Stellaluna or Bats at the Beach
Eat: Something you can count, like carrot sticks; goulash
Wear: A cape
Do: Count! And play math games. 

elmo sesame street photo: Sally Crosswaithe via flickr 


Read: Around the World in 80 Days
Eat: Noodles
Wear: Red
Do: Ride a tricycle.

grover sesame street photo: Rakka via flickr


Read: The Monster at the End of This Book 
Eat: Soup; a giant hamburger
Wear: Blue; a cape and a helmet
Do: Cuddle

Who is your favorite Sesame Street character? 

—Amber Guetebier