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For my toddler's Sesame birthday party, the desserts and decorations were planned, so it was time to start thinking about party games. My plan was to make station-like games, where kids could walk up to the activity and easily play with it, without needing instruction. I wanted to have games named after characters, and the teacher in me wanted there to be some learning involved, too. :)
After some pinteresting and googling, as well as watching a few episodes with my toddler for inspiration, here are the eight DIY Sesame Street activities we had at the party:
It seems like a lot - but they were actually quite simple to make. Some of them were homemade activity boards while others were centered on a backyard toy that we already had.
I made most of the games quite a few of them weeks in advance. Not only were they ready for the party wayyyy ahead of time, but my son had a ball playing with them prior to the party. He actually learned his shapes in no time playing around with the game I made called "Abby's Magical Shapes." They did take a little wear and tear, but they were still fine for the party.
The kids had a great time sticking Elmo's nose on, running around Grover's "obstacle" course, and splashing with Ernie's duckies.
Abby's Magical Shapes
This activity board was also a learning board, as it teaches and reinforces six shapes. I used felt on this board because felt sticks to felt. Therefore, kids could just pick up the shapes from the shape bank and place it into the correct outline.
My son LOVED playing with this one prior to the party. He learned the six featured shapes in no time :) Now that the party is behind us, I'm thinking up of a few similar ideas to teach him some additional ones.
Abby's Magical Shapes Instructions:
First, I covered the foam board with purple Sesame Street wrapping paper. I just wrapped it around and taped it to the back.
Then, I took various colors and simply cut out shapes. For example, I picked up a piece of yellow felt and cut a triangle. I used a coffee mug to trace a perfect circle onto the orange. I continued this until I had six shapes.
Next, I took a piece of pink felt and used a sharpie to trace a dotted outline of each shape onto the pink felt.
Afterward, I glued the sign, the Abby cut-out, the pink felt with the dotted lines, and the gray word bank and hot glued them onto the sign. The hot glue held up great, even after a few weeks of use.
You could even add glitter to the shapes to make them a little more magical.
For the party, Ash attached two wood pieces to all of the foam boards with velcro, and then he put the wooden stilts into the ground. I didn't love this part - it was time-consuming getting the wood into the ground, and it created little holes all over our backyard.
I liked the velcro part because the signs were removable, but metal stakes would have worked like a charm because they would be thinner and pointy :)
Big Birds Coloring Nest
Big Bird's Coloring Nest was the easiest to put together. It was simply a coloring station, and I definitely had a few kids sitting and coloring during the party - so I was happy we threw this one together.
Cookie Monster's Cookie Toss
This was my personal favorite. It was the most work to create, but every party needs a good bean bag toss :)
Cookie Monster's Cookie Toss Instructions:
For the board...
1. First, I drew Cookie Monster's face. I free-handed it by looking at an outline. For the eyes, I used small plates and cups to get those perfect circles.
2. Next, I painted Cookie Monster,, and once that dried, I painted the background yellow.
3. After that, I took a sharpie and outlined Cookie and filled in his pupils.
4. To help me out, Ash used his jigsaw on a very slow setting to cut out Cookie's mouth, but you could use a variety of different things to do that.
For the cookie bean bags...
1. I chose two shades of brown felt because I didn't have enough of either one to do all of the bean bags.
2. I traced two circles onto a piece of felt, using a coaster.
3. I then used my sewing machine to sew the two circles together. Since I sewed the circles inside out, I left a big enough space to be able to turn the felt right side out. Felt is thicker than fabric, so the space needed to be a little larger than you would normally do.
4. After turning the bean bags right side out, I filled them with beans. I was spilling the beans everywhere trying to get them in the hole. Ash was sitting there laughing at me and made me a quick paper funnel, which worked like a charm.
5. After the bags were filled, I sewed them closed using the sewing machine.
6. I then hot glued little scraps of felt to resemble chocolate chips. Circles was too tedious, so I just cut little triangles and rectangles.
7. I should mention that I'm an awful seamstress. I know the very basics of using a sewing machine from sewing paper in my midde school home-ec class. It always amazes me when people can sew in a way that looks like the item was store-bought.
That being said, my cookie bean bags are nowhere near perfect. In fact, some of the circles are so lopsided that it looks like a bite was taken out of them...which is actually fitting. Nonetheless, the cookies still looked cute.
I love the way the whole game turned out. The kids at the party had fun trying to feed Cookie and tossing the bean bags around the yard :)
Count with the Count
This activity board is very similar to the Abby's Magical Shapes board, but the focus is on counting rather than the shapes. The kids were drawn to the cute stickers, and parents had fun helping their children count the objects :)
Count with the Count Instructions:
First, I covered the foam board with yellow Sesame Street wrapping paper. I just wrapped it around and taped it to the back.
Then, I started to line everything up on the board. I cut out the sign and numbers as well as some blue card stock for background boxes.
Afterward, I chose four types of stickers (frogs, footballs, cupcakes, and hearts) in different quantities and stuck them to white card stock. I used squiggly scissors on the border of the white to hide my uneven lines (love squiggly scissors!) I then glued the white card stock to the blue, and then the blue card stock to the board.
Last, I cut out yellow card stock and folded it in half to make the answer key that flips. I wrote in the correct answer with a marker.
Ernie's Rubber Duckies
This was another simple game and perhaps the favorite, being that the party was held during a heat wave. This station involved a water table with some rubber duckies tossed in, calling it Ernie's Rubber Duckies.
The sign didn't last too long taped to the water table (see picture). I should have used a stake :)
Hopscotching with Zoe
Sooo I know I just said that Cookie Monster's Cookie Toss was my favorite activity, but I LOVE this hopscotch game. I love the way it turned out, I love the way my toddler starting recognizing his number, and I love how it was a like little carpet.
When scouring the Internet for party ideas, I came across a blogger who used sample carpet squares from Home Depot to make a hopscotch game. I love that kind of creativity! However, I was worried about the unevenness of the carpet squares and toddlers who haven't mastered their balance, but it got me thinking.
As I was going through my felt craze (felt quiet activities, felt activity boards), it dawned on me - felt! So I made this indoor/outdoor hopscotch game all from felt.
I'll be writing a post just on this soon, but here's the sign in the meantime :)
Pin the Nose on Elmo
It wouldn't be a child's party without something being pinned on someone's nose! The kids loved this one, even though only a couple kids actually got the nose where it goes :)
First, I hot glued the blue felt onto the foam board. Then, I printed the sign and glued it to cute scrapbook paper, and then to the felt board.
Now for the tricky part... I printed an enlarged outline of Elmo's face on regular printer paper. I cut this out, and then placed this "stencil" on the red felt. I drew a rough outline in sharpie on the red felt, using the stencil as my guide, but also making it a little larger than the stencil. When cutting it out, I made sure that I cut so perfectly that you couldn't see the outline.
For Elmo's eyes and pupils, I used mugs and a bell that I had lying around to get those perfect circles.
I drew Elmo's mouth freehand on the felt, and once I glued the mouth to the face, I drew the corners of his mouth on with a sharpie.
For his nose, I cut about six orange ovals. Make sure not to glue on his nose!
Again, felt sticks to felt, so the noses had no problem sticking to the various spots that the kids put them on.
Super Grover's Super Obstacle Course
So you know when you are having a party, and you are always trying to do one more thing - and you eventually something on the list gets the boot because you ran out of time. Well, Super Grover's Super Obstacle Course got the short end of the stick.
My plan was to set up pool noodles in the backyard as an obstacle course. I would stand some straight up, and bend others into a rainbow shape. Kids could kick the ball through the obstacle course - or even just around around it.
Well on the morning of, we got so tied up with others things (needing more ice, those time-consuming wooden stilts, early party guests... ) that our obstacle course ended up being a bunch of pool noodles laid out on the ground. The kids didn't seem to mind - they loved playing with them, but it would have been cool to have a pretty neat obstacle course.
If you end up making this, I would love to hear how it turned out! :)
The games looked awesome set up in the backyard. They kept with the theme, were fun for the kids, and even inspired a little bit of learning. I was definitely glad that I put the time into making them. The materials were easy - mostly felt and foam boards - and everyone had a great time playing with them!
I think Zeus's favorite game was hopscotch too. :)
I would love to hear how your party games turn out! Thanks for reading :)
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