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Counting Animals

Word of the Day: Cow cow

We often try with our blog to match the topic that is being explored by the entire Sesame Street website that week. When we saw today’s topic of “Counting Animals,” Marty and I knew our best shot at getting some good animal counting was at New Pond Farm.

 Lyra and Ripley at a farm looking through a fence at cows.
Ripley and Lyra looking at sheep. Ripley is practicing her ballet barre moves as well. Multi-tasker in the making.

New Pond Farm is a local educational center and working farm. It has cows, chickens, and sheep as most farms do, but it also hosts bluegrass picnics, hawk flying, and other unique country events. Most important for us, it pasteurizes its own milk so we get very farm-fresh gallons for the girls at the little dairy. The farm is so small and trusting that you just leave your money in a little can in the refrigerator next to the milk containers. They recently had a new calf born so we often take the girls with us to pick up milk and pet the little fellow. They get very excited when they realize we’re at the farm by saying “cow cow” and pointing at the Big Bessies and little calf.

 Lyra and Ripley looking at cows through a fence.
Ripley and the “cow cows.”

The farm even has a wooden cow with a stool you can sit on and pretend to milk the cow. Ripley and Lyra don’t quite make the connection yet that milk comes from “cow cow,” but they love sitting on the stool.

Here’s Counting Animals: 

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Like your family we have twins, boy/girl, that turned three last month. I saw your blog entry for January and it looks like we have something in common, potty training twins. Like one of your girls, my son WILL NOT pee in the potty but his sister was doing well until she caught on to "Bubbie" not trying. I was just letting things run their course but our local pre-schools/mommy day out programs require the children to be potty trained and this mommy needs a day out. Bribery isn't working. Have you had any success?


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How often is the telly puppet renewed or replaced?

Katherine Sydney, Australia

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I read in 40 Years of Life on the Street about an incident involving Snuffy's puppet where a sombrero caused the wood frame to collapse on you and Bryant Young. Did they rebuild the puppet after that or did they just make a new one?


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I just wanted to say thanks for the blog. My daughter Kylie (who just turned two yesterday) loves to ask if we are going to see "the babies." Thank you so much to you and Marty for bringing the joy of Sesame Street into our lives every day.

Kendal and Kylie Montreal, Canada

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I've noticed that there are fewer Muppets and people in an episode now than there were twenty years ago. Does everyone show up on the set for filming days or only certain ones? Who decides who gets to play the Anything Muppets? There are some voices I hear more than others.


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