Elmo and Cookie Monster are reaching out to young children confused at being stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic with a special Sesame Street episode airing next week.

Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and actors Anne Hathaway and Tracee Ellis Ross will be celebrity guests in the 30-minute 'Sesame Street: Elmo's Playdate' that is aimed at entertaining kids and their families during uncertain times, broadcaster Warner Media and Sesame Workshop said.

"We hope Sesame Street: Elmo’s Playdate will entertain and delight families at a moment when so many are feeling isolated and overwhelmed by current events," said Steve Youngwood, president of Sesame Workshop.

The 14 April show will be shot in a video conferencing style that has become familiar due to coronavirus social distancing and quarantine restrictions.

In the show, muppets Elmo, Grover, Cookie Monster and the magical Abby Cadabby will find new ways to play and learn together through songs, games and silly dance breaks.

Miranda will sing a few rounds of 'Old McDonald Had a Farm', Ross will play a game of 'Elmo Says', and Hathaway and Elmo get moving with 'Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes'. 

The makers of Sesame Street have also launched a Caring for Each Other initiative aimed at helping parents provide comfort and manage anxiety during the epidemic.