The hungry cookie lover from "Sesame Street" has been charming children for generations. If you're looking to get your child away from the television without a lot of groans, try engaging her in crafts with Cookie Monster as a theme. Create Cookie Monster-themed desserts, puppets, clothes and art work. Not only will it fill up some non-television time, but it will give you an opportunity to bond with your child while doing a fun activity together.
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When it comes to Cookie Monster, the best kind of craft is an edible craft. That's just the sort of craft that Cookie Monster himself would appreciate. Break out the blue food colouring and turn a cupcake or a cookie into a work of art with fancy frosting techniques. If you make a cupcake, make sure that the frosting top includes a cookie for Cookie Monster to eat.
Crafts from Recycled Materials
Save paper rolls, plastic bottles and scrap paper to make cookie monster crafts from recycled goods around the home. Use empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls as the basis for a Cookie Monster doll. Print out pictures of Cookie Monster for your child to colour and then glue to the cardboard rolls. Also, provide scraps of blue fabric to glue to the rolls.
Cut off the top of a two-liter plastic bottle; let your child paint it blue and decorate it with Cookie Monster stickers or his own drawings. Create a lid using a cloth and a rubber band; let the bottle be your child's personalised cookie jar.
Take a piece of cardboard and let it be the basis for a cookie collage. Let your child cut out pictures of cookies from old magazines and glue it onto the piece of cardboard. You can even have your child cut the cardboard into the shape of a cookie.
Many craft stores will carry licensed Sesame Street craft kits. Cookie Monster kits are available for cross-stitch, latch-hook rugs, wood crafts and plastic shrink-wrap crafts. There are also books that contain instructions for how to make stuffed animals of Cookie Monster and other Sesame Street characters using knitting or crochet. Visit a craft store together and let the Sesame Street kit introduce your child to a new kind of craft that could become a lifetime hobby.
Making puppets of Sesame Street characters can be a fun family craft that can also be used to make television time more interactive. After making the puppets, kids can play with them during the television show, acting out what they see on the screen.
Cookie Monster puppets can be made with pieces of blue felt. After cutting the felt into the shape of Cookie Monster, use a hole punch along the edges to make holes. Sew the pieces together using a yarn needle to thread the yarn through those holes. Use tan felt to make a cookie and glue on googly eyes.
Cookie Monster puppets can also be made with paper lunch bags which your child can colour with markers, blue paint or crayons. Yet another option is to take blue socks and make Cookie Monster sock puppets. Ping pong balls cut in half can make the eyes, while you can use black poster board to make the mouth.
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