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Sesame Street

Big BirdWho didn’t grow up with that iconic Sesame Street theme? When I was a kid, Sesame Street was unmissable, and every kid knew all the characters and the catchphrases. Amazingly, Sesame Street started way back in 1969, and it’s still going strong, entertaining and educating generations of children.

I’ve got one funny thing to admit though—watching Sesame Street taught me to say ‘can’t’ with the American pronounciation instead of the English one, and now that I’m over 40 I still pronounce it that way! It shows goes to say that old habits die hard!

Sesame Street has all kinds of segments, but the favourites always were—and probably still are—the ones that feature Jim Henson’s loveable puppet characters. Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Bert and Ernie, the Cookie Monster; they’re all larger-than-life and have been friends and educators to millions of kids for many decades. And now you can introduce the new generation of kids to the Muppets with these wonderful cuddly versions by Gund, who have been making huggable soft toys since 1898!

Good old Big Bird was the first muppet to appear on Sesame Street; a much-loved 2-and-a-half meter tall big yellow bird with a slightly quirky and naive outlook on the world. He’s not quite as tall, but the Jumbo Big Bird 104cm is a really big friend all the same! He comes in a cute 53cm version too.

If asked, I’d bet that most people have a big soft spot for the Cookie Monster, that crazy cookie-munching blue monster. He is deeply, emotionally, physically, and spiritually attached to cookies. And it seems lately he’s been tucking into some healthy foods too! Grab the Cookie Monster in 53cm size and Jumbo 104cm size.

The early days of Sesame Street perhaps didn’t have quite as many female muppets as male ones, so Abby Cadabby was created! Daughter of the fairy godmother (who is spoken about but never seen) she has her own point of view! And here she is in a jumbo 104cm soft toy: Abby Cadabby.

Elmo was a bit after my time, but he quickly became a phenomenon all to himself; a furry, three-and-a-half year old monster. You can buy your very own Elmo in the104cm Jumbo size, or the smaller
51cm size!

But the Sesame Street fun doesn’t stop there! The makers of that much-loved modelling stuff Play-Doh have some wonderful Sesame Street playsets. By the way, did you know that Play-Doh goes back to the 1950s, and was first marketed in the 1930s as a wallpaper cleaner before kids started modelling with it? Don’t worry, it was reworked before being released as a toy!

Play DohThe Play-Doh Sesame Street Cookie Monster Letter Lunch Playset makes learning fun and helps children learn their ABCs. They can shape letters to spell out their names and other words, and kids can even make a pretend alphabet soup and ‘feed’ it to Cookie Monster for lunch! The playset includes 4 cans of Play-Doh compound, bowl, lid, knife, spoon, fork, roller, more than 45 molds, presser tool, playmat and Cookie Monster character.

If you’re more of an Elmo fan, you’ll love the Play-Doh Shape and Spin Elmo. Elmo has two fun play modes: in mode 1, Elmo helps your child identify shapes and then counts them as your child makes them. In mode 2, Elmo prompts your child to make various shapes. Together, they’ll have lots of fun creating Play-Doh triangles, circles and more. The Shape and Spin Elmo Playset comes with playmat, 3 stampers, instructions, and 3 cans of Play-Doh modelling compound.

For more Play-Doh fun, check out the Play-Doh Sesame Street Fun With Shapes Bucket Your child can have fun making Elmo, Cookie Monster, and Big Bird with these finger puppet molds. Using the enclosed cutters with Play-Doh compound can help your child learn shapes and so much more! Comes with bucket, lid with moulds, 3 finger puppet moulds, 3 playmats, 12 stamps/cutters, 6 shape cutters, plastic knife, roller and 4 cans of Play-Doh modelling compound.

Finally, for those kids who prefer their toys to be electronic and interactive, respected electronic toy maker Learning Path have made the Leap Frog Tag Junior Book Explorer – Sesame Street Monster Face. Explore emotions like happy, grumpy, hungry and more with your lovable friends from Sesame Street! This Tag Junior board book springs to life when you touch Tag Junior to any part of any page. More than 24 playful activities and 150 audio responses encourage little ones to explore while helping build confidence with books. Remember, as always parents can connect to the online LeapFrog Learning Path to see their child’s progress and get printable activities to expand the learning!

It’s wonderful to see Sesame Street still so much a part of childrens’ lives after so many years. It just goes to show that lovable characters like Big Bird, Elmo and the Cookie Monster are always going to be childood friends for many, many years to come!