by Julie Snyder
Every November 2nd marks an important event.
He's blue. He loves cookies. He loves the letter C!
It's Cookie Monster's birthday!
This furry monster with the wide smile not only has a big sweet tooth but a big heart for his friends. He's always learning and sharing his great advice and knowledge.
Last year, he shared life lessons with us.
This year he's invited us to a party.
We're ready to celebrate! Join in the festivities with these Cookie Monster-themed ideas.
Get into the mood with a monster-like breakfast.
Puree blueberries and add them to your pancake batter to turn it the proper shade of blue -- just like Cookie Monster. Add yogurt dollop (or whipped cream) eyes and a berry smiling mouth.
How will you celebrate?
Use a plain blue party hat. Let the kids work magic and turn it into a cookie monster. How? It's easy. Glue on two large wiggly eyes and a black felt mouth.
Follow the footprint: Tape Cookie Monster and Big Bird Footprints all over the floor leading to the party area. Big kids can follow them, toddler can stamp on them and the crawling crew can slap them with their hands! Once you've all arrive, let the party begin!
Me want cookie! Ahead of time, sew little round cookies and fill them with rice. If you're not handy with the sewing machine, cut them out of cardboard and decorate with the kids. To play, get the cookies into the cookie bucket at Cookie Monster’s feet. For more challenge, cut out a mouth and toss them right in.
Cookie relay: As long as you have those cookies, put them to use in a second game. Each team needs a spatula, a baking sheet full of cookies and a "jar". Scoop up a cookie, balance it all the way across the room, drop it in the jar and hand off the spatula to the next player.
I went to the store and bought... The first child says, "I went shopping in Mr. Hooper's store and I bought a...bird seed milkshake" The next child says, "I went shopping in Mr. Hooper's store and I bought a bird seed milkshake and a story book." Each child repeats and adds another item.
If someone makes a mistake they're out and leave the circle. The last player left wins and passes out a party prize to everyone.
We asked Cookie Monsters friends what they'd like to eat at the party. Here's a few of their favorites. Mix and choose or serve them all!
Big Bird's banana mini muffins: Add mashed bananas and diced pears to your favorite muffin recipe. Bake in mini muffin pans and serve for the tiny crowd.
Cookie monster fruit and dip tray: Line your large round pizza pan with parchment paper. Use blueberries and blackberries for the background and two containers of yogurt dip for the eyes. Add a blackberry to the center of the dips.
Elmo's pizza wheels: Elmo likes tomato on his pizza. Your child may prefer a different flavor.
Kermit in the Pond: Create an underwater world in a cup of gelatin. Empty some "gravel" (colorful candies) into each container. Gently spoon in the gelatin solution. Add edible frogs or fish and allow to set.
Oscar's trash can treats: Cover small glasses foil and fill with grated cheese or other treats.
And...cookies, of course! You might make healthy cookies or a batch of alphabet letter sugar cookies painted all colors or a giant happy birthday cookie bearing candles. Cookie Monster and your child will love them all!
Do you have an idea that would fit this theme? Share it with us!
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