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Sesame Street Party Ideas & Games

By an Award-Winning Professional Party Planner

Get ideas for sesame street party games and activities to go with your birthday or celebration

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If this is the first page you've landed on, let me give you a quick introduction. I'm Matt James, a professional party planner, and the purpose of this site is to show you the most creative way you can use regular, shop-bought party supplies that can be found in most stores. Not everyone has the craft skills of Martha Stewart or the time to spend several days with a glue gun making things from scratch. It's fine to use shop-bought decorations and supplies—as long as you choose them carefully and know the best way to put them all together. So I'll share a few simple tips and trade secrets that anyone can use to add some creative touches to your party—whatever your budget.

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Sesame Street Party Ideas

Below are ideas for Sesame Street Party Games. Don't forget to check out my other page of Sesame Street Party Ideas—with tips for invitations, food & drink, decorations, and styling.

sesame street big bird party decoration
sesame street cookie monster party food
sesame street kids birthday party decorations

Sesame Street Party Games

Coloring In

Check out the Sesame Street website for lots of free pictures like the ones below that you can print out to color in.

sesame street party games coloring activities
sesame street party games coloring activities
sesame street party games coloring activities

C is for Cookie

Fill a glass cookie jar with Cookie Monster's cookies and see if the kids can guess how many there are.

cookie monster with cookies
cookies in cookie jar

Cookie Decorating Station

Follow in Cookie Monster's footsteps and set up a little cookie bar with lots of different toppings, frostings, and sprinkles where the kids can decorate their own. Check out these tips for hosting a cookie decorating party.

cookie decorating party

Sesame Street Crafts

I always think it's a good idea to mix some craft activities into your Sesame Street party ideas so have the kids make their own Cookie Monster sock puppet using this tutorial (Below from from Alphamom).

sesame street crafts cookie monster sock puppet

Dont Wake Oscar

Have one of the kids volunteer to be Oscar. Have them wear one of these printable Oscar masks (from supplier 4) and crouch down inside a trash can (or make one out of a large cardboard box and cover with tin foil) at one end of the garden (Point B).

Then split the rest of the kids into two teams. Team 1 goes to the other end of the garden (Point A), while Team 2 are split into two sub-teams and positioned either side of Point B, several meters away from Oscars trash can.

The object of the game is for Team 1 at Point A to creep one step at a time to Point B without waking Oscar. Team 2 has to try to wake Oscar by throwing tennis balls at Oscar's trash can. If a ball hits the trash can, Oscar will pop out for a few seconds and Team 1 have to freeze. If Oscar catches anyone from Team 1 moving they have to return to Point A and start again. Team 1 can only win when all of its members have reached Point B.

sesame street paper masks

Sesame Street Pinata

These draw string Sesame Street pinatas are perfect for younger kids as they can take turns to pull on a string, get them from supplier 1. Alternatively, for something more delux, check out this cool Grovert pinata from supplier 4.

sesame street pinata cookie monster
sesame street pinata elmo
sesame street pinata grover

Oscar Garbage Toss

Create a simple target practice game by having the kids try to toss different objects into Oscar's trash can from different distances. Split the kids into two teams and play the game as a race, the first team to get all their objects in the trash can wins. You can make each one a little more difficult by adding handicaps such as throwing blindfolded, or while hopping on one leg, etc. Pick up an Oscar cut out to position next to the trash can or simply hang an Oscar paper lantern above. Both from supplier 4.

sesame street oscar cut out
trash can
sesame street oscar paper lantern

Ernie's Rubber Ducky Dip

In addtion to these Sesame Street party ideas and games, I've also created a separate page for Elmo themed games and ideas. See the 'Dorothy's Lucky Dip' game on the Elmo birthday party ideas and games page and just substitute Dorothy the goldfish for Ernie's rubber ducky. You can pick up mini rubber ducks from supplier 5, they even have lots of different themed ducks—from zombie ducks to pirate ducks!

rubber duckys

Pin the Cookie On

A variation of Pin the Tail On. Make a cardboard cut-out of Cookie Monster and have the kids try to pin cookies onto his mouth. If they manage it you can reward them with a real cookie. Alternatively, you can buy this version of Place the Nose of Elmo from supplier 1.

elmo pin the nose on game

Count with the Count

Play counting games by making different sounds (ex, a phone ringing, a balloon popping, etc) or showing them different objects and having them count along like The Count ('One ring' ah ha ha', 'Two rings ah ha ha', etc).

sesame street the count
sesame street the count
sesame street the count

What's Missing?

Put together an arrangement of different objects that all start with the same letter as your child's name. After showing the kids the objects, take one away and see if they can spot what's missing.

To tailor a memory game to these Sesame Street party ideas, use these Sesame Street memory cards from supplier 1.

sesame street memory card game

My Shopping List

Have the kids sit in a circle and the first person starts by saying 'I went shopping in Mr Hooper's store and I bought...(then they chose an item), ex 'a bird seed milkshake'.

The person sitting next to them then says 'I went shopping in Mr Hooper's store and I bought a bird seed milkshake and (then they add another item) ex, some chocolate chip cookies.

This carries on around the circle with each player reciting the entire shopping list then adding their own item to it. If someone makes a mistake they are out and leave the circle, until there is just one player left who is the winner.

sesame street mr hooper's store
sesame street mr hooper's store

Brought to you by the letter....

Choose a letter then have the kids write down as many objects as they can see in the room that start with that letter.

sesame street letter r
sesame street letter a
sesame street letter f

Sesame Street Tattoos

Kid's will love these Sesame Street tattoos from supplier 1. Just wash off with soap and water.

sesame street tattoos

Who am I?

Give each child a printable Sesame Street mask from supplier 4 with a different character on it (make sure they can't see which one they are wearing). Then let them take turns to ask each other questions with only yes or no answers in order to work out which Sesame Street character they are.

sesame street paper masks

Sesame Street Prize Medals

Use these Sesame Street medals from supplier 3 as prizes for the winner of each game.

sesame street medals

Sesame Street Photo Booth Props

Use these Sesame Street photo booth props or frames from supplier 4 to create some fun memories of the party. You could send out a group shot with your thank you cards post event.

Sesame Street Photo Booth Props
Sesame Street Photo Booth frame

Put Me in the Story

Put me in the Story creates personalized children's books that makes your child and their friends the stars of the story alongside their favorite Sesame Street characters. These make a great gift for the birthday boy or girl but can also be used to wind down the party with a group story time session at the end.

sesame street letter r
sesame street letter a
sesame street letter f
Don't Forget

Don't forget to check out my other page of Sesame Street Party Ideas—with tips for invitations, food & drink, decorations, and styling.

sesame street big bird party decoration
sesame street cookie monster party food
sesame street kids birthday party decorations

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About Matt James

Matt James is a professional event planner and owner of event agency Left Field Productions, which has produced events for Elton John, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Spacey, Stella McCartney, David LaChapelle, John Waters, and Elvis Costello & Diana Krall. Since 2004, Left Field Productions has won 30 industry awards for excellence including Production Company of the Year.

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