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A Fun and Easy Elmo Craft for Toddlers

written by: Melissa Elizondo • edited by: Laurie Patsalides • updated: 1/20/2012

Every toddler loves Elmo. With just a few materials, toddlers can make their own Elmo. It would also be great for a fun play date with friends at home.

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    This Elmo craft is a great choice for a young toddler to do. Since it involves Elmo, it will be one that they will enjoy. The gluing involved in this craft will help develop fine motor skills. You can also use this to reinforce colors, especially red.

    A great book to use in addition to this craft is So Big! by Anna Jane Hays, which stars Elmo. Use the book before you do the craft to help get the children excited about Elmo. This book talks about Elmo getting bigger and the things he can do. Talk to your students about what they can do because they are getting bigger.

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    Materials

    • A copy of Elmo for each child plus one for you
    • 2-4 bags of cotton balls, depending on the number of children who will be making the craft
    • Glue or glue sticks
    • Bowls for glue
    • Red food coloring
    • Orange food coloring (optional)
    • Orange crayons (optional)
    • Large googly eyes (optional)

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    Procedure for Elmo Toddler Craft

    1. Use the red food coloring to dye the cotton balls red before you do the craft. Dye them the day before and then spread them out to allow enough time to dry. If you want to have orange cotton balls for the nose, then dye one half of a package of cotton balls orange.
    2. To begin the Elmo craft, give every child a copy of Elmo. Set out bowls of glue for the children to share, or pass out glue sticks. Pass out the red cotton balls. Give each child a couple of handfuls to start with.
    3. Explain to them that they are going to give Elmo his fur. Show them how to glue the "fur" on to Elmo by taking a cotton ball and dipping it into the glue and placing it on Elmo. If you are using a glue stick, have them run the glue stick over the place where they will be placing the "fur."
    4. Have the children continue gluing the cotton balls on to their copies of Elmo until there is no space left. Some of them may need help to do this. When they have finished covering Elmo with "fur," have them glue the orange cotton balls on to his nose or color it orange. For a fun touch, glue large googly eyes over Elmo's eyes.
    5. Use this fun Elmo craft as hallway decoration or for a bulletin board display for a toddler classroom. A great title for the bulletin board would be "Elmo is So Big!" If you are making these crafts for a play date, they would be great to display on the refrigerator at home. They would also be great to frame and hang up in your child's room.