Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Sesame Street Characters 101

Sesame Street is one of the best, if not the best, children's show out there. The fact that it has been around since 1969 says a lot. Its 43 seasons contain a total of 4,327 episodes. That is a ton. In comparison, there are only 182 SpongeBob episodes and 438 American Idol episodes. My mom watched Sesame Street, I watched Sesame Street, and my kids will probably watch it too. It is as much a part of American culture as apple pie and football.
The characters of Sesame Street are well known and loved. For my card, I made the Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Elmo, and Oscar.
To start making your characters, you will need a scallop punch similar to this one. You will also need various sizes of circle punches, scissors, glue, and cardstock paper.
Start by using the punch to cut four shapes. They need to be blue, yellow, green, and red. These are the heads of your characters.
To make the Cookie Monster, you need the blue shape, a small brown circle, half of a larger black circle, 2 hole punched white circles, and four black circles that are smaller than the black circles. First of all, glue the black semi circle down on the bottom of the head to make the mouth. Glue the two white circles above it with the black circles inside for the eyes. Use your hole punch to create bite marks in the brown circle. Glue the remaining two black circles on it for chocolate chips.
Now that you are done with the Cookie Monster, it is time to make the beloved Elmo.
Elmo uses the red shape, a black semi circle (the other half of the Cookie Monster's mouth), two hole punched white circles, a hole punched orange circle, and two of the super small black circles. To assemble him, glue the mouth towards the bottom of the head. Glue the orange circle above the mouth for the nose, stick the white ones above that, and finish it all off with the black circles for the pupils.
Now it is time to make Big Bird!
The yellow shape is used for the head, a long orange diamond for the beak, two hole punched white circles and two smaller black circles for the eyes, and a hole punched orange circle cut in half for the eyelids. Fold the diamond in half and glue it in the middle of the head. Put on the white eyes with the black centers. Cut the orange hole punched circle in half, and glue each half slightly over the eyes.
And finally, Oscar the Grouch.
The green scallop is used for Oscar. You also need half a black oval, a red hole punched circle, two white hole punched circles, a black hole punched circle, and two itty bitty black circles. Glue on the black half oval for the mouth. Snip off the top of the red circle and glue it to the top of the mouth (flat side to flat side) to make the tongue. Glue on the white circles with the black ones inside for the eyes. Cut the hole punched black circle in half. Put them over the eyes to create the frowning eyebrow look that Oscar always has.
Here are the finished characters, and below is the card I made from them.
Today's recipes are for strawberry lemonade oatmeal two ways. The first is made using Teavana's Strawberry Lemonade tea. The second uses whole fruit. Both are equally delicious. 
Strawberry Lemonade Oatmeal (made from tea)
2 tsp Teavana strawberry lemonade herbal tea
½ cup oatmeal
1 cup water
Bring the water and tea to a boil. Let it boil for 5 minutes, and then stir in the oatmeal. Reduce the heat to medium low and cook for 5 minutes, or until the oatmeal reaches your desired consistency. Enjoy!
Strawberry Lemonade Oatmeal (made from fruit)
½ cup quick oats
1 cup water
1 lemon
¾ cup frozen strawberries
3 tbsp sugar
Juice the lemon, making sure none of the seeds or pulp gets into the juice. Bring the lemon juice, water, and strawberries to a boil over medium high heat. Mash up the strawberries as they begin to thaw so that there are no big chunks. Once the water is boiling, stir in the oatmeal. Reduce the heat to medium low. Cook until your desired consistency is reached, stirring occasionally. Garnish with strawberries and lemon slices.

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