Cookie Monster Bean Bag Toss Game
I was looking through old photos and noticed that there are so many fun things that I never blogged about when my kids were little because I didn’t have a blog yet. One that I had to share is a cute little Cookie Monster Bean Bag Toss game that my sister-in-law Michelle made for my son’s 2nd birthday party.
My boy was obsessed with Cookie Monster and chocolate chip cookies, so I decided to make it the theme. Back then we could bribe him to do anything for a chocolate chip!
When my kids were little, I only threw small family parties because big parties were too overwhelming for my kids. I preferred to have a small party that they could relax and enjoy. So I just made him a Cookie Monster cake and Michelle made the bean bag toss game. Then we had fun eating lunch and visiting together. We’ve been lucky to live close to both our families and I feel so blessed that my kids have such close relationships with their grandparents.
It is funny looking at the cake because I have gotten so much better at cake decorating over the years. I still have no idea what I am doing, but I really didn’t know what I was doing back then. My mother-in-law had to help me because I was having a hard time even keeping the frosting on the cake. As adults, we sometimes think that our skill sets are static and forget that we also improve with practice.
I was also in charge of making the felt cookies for the bean bag toss. These were super easy. I cut the shape out of felt and then stitched on a few chocolate chips. I sewed them on instead of gluing them because I didn’t want my boy tearing them off and swallowing them. I could totally see him trying to eat the “chocolate chips!” I then sewed around the cookie, leaving a spot to fill it with dried beans before stitching it up the rest of the way. Almost 8 years later, the kids still play with these cookies. Right now they are in with Ladybug’s kitchen toys and holding up great.
I made the frame for the game using PVC pipe and joints. This makes it easy to disassemble and store. You can also use it for another bean toss game or we have converted it into a tent by tossing a sheet over it.
Michelle was in charge of the sewing because she is so amazing at it. She used a Cookie Monster coloring page as the pattern.
She then appliqued it onto sturdy, white canvas fabric. When she appliqued it, she added some detail to make it look more like fur. She even added metal grommets to make it easier to tie to the frame. It was a good thing she made it so sturdy because my boy decided that he needed to crawl through Cookie Monster’s mouth.
We had a lot of fun playing the game at the party and over the years we’ve played with it on rainy days when we needed something to do. Maybe I am sentimental, but I am planning on keeping it and bringing it out for my grandkids to play with years from now.
And if you are looking for a fun Cookie Monster snack, this Cookie Monster Popcorn is about the cutest thing I have seen in a long time!