The 10 Best Sesame Street Toys of 2021

These familiar faces make playtime even more fun

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Make your child’s favorite television show characters come to life through play with all of their Sesame Street friends. The American television series first aired more than 50 years ago and continues to win over the hearts of children and even adults. Now, children can play with their favorite characters all while learning numbers, colors, shapes, and more. 

Here are some of the best Sesame Street toys on the market for your little cookie monster.

Our Top Picks
The take-along friend every little Sesame Street fan will adore.
There are endless possibilities with these character toys.
His features are embroidered on, so there are no worries about loose eyes.
He responds with sounds, shakes, and phrases.
Best Stuffed Toy:
GUND Peek A Boo Elmo at Amazon
A realistic representation of the TV character.
It makes a great travel toy.
Features flashing lights, lively music, and realistic engine sounds.
Children can simply take the magnetic pieces and connect them together to make their favorite Sesame Street friends.
This shape-sorting toy not only teaches little ones about shapes, but each shape features a food.
With 14 phrases and five songs, Elmo sings music favorites, like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, in both English and Spanish.

Best Overall: Sesame Street Talking ABC Elmo Figure

Pros
  • Sings, talks, and giggles

  • Safe for children 18 months old and up

Cons
  • Requires two batteries (not included)

This talking Elmo doll tops our list for oh so many reasons. First of all, it’s Elmo, and what’s not to love about this adorable, red monster? Beyond that, when you push on his tummy, he sings the alphabet, talks and giggles in his own special, recognizable way. He’s the take-along friend every little Sesame Street fan will adore for pretend play. This soft, huggable Elmo stands 13 inches tall and runs on two batteries, which aren’t included. He’s recommended for kids ages 18 months to 4 years old.

Best Budget: Sesame Street Playskool Collector Pack

Pros
  • Includes several Sesame Street friends

  • Lightweight

Cons
  • No storage case included

All their favorite Sesame Street characters come in this one low-priced package of toy figures. There’s Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster, and even that grumpy, but loveable grouch, Oscar—a whole gang of friends ready for some awesome pretend play anytime, anywhere. Because there are so many, it's great for keeping kids entertained when they're on their own.

They’re small enough to take on the go and make great toys for the pool, beach, car, or anywhere little ones play. Recommended for ages 18 months and up, parents say kids of all ages love them.

Best for Babies: GUND Big Bird Take Along Stuffed Animal

Pros
  • Safe for children 12 months old and up

  • Features embroidered details

Cons
  • Only surface washable

The tiniest tots will love this soft and sweet Big Bird stuffed animal from Gund. Recommended for ages 1 and up, it makes for cute room decor until they’re on the move and ready to take Big Bird along with them. His features are embroidered on, so there are no worries about loose eyes or other features coming off and creating a choking hazard for little ones who tend to put everything in their mouths. He measures 12.5 inches high, and his arms and legs are soft, floppy, and perfect for snuggling.

Best for Toddlers: Sesame Street Feed Me Cookie Monster

Feed Me Cookie Monster
Pros
  • Makes sounds, phrases, and shakes

  • Interactive

Cons
  • Requires two batteries

He wants a cookie, and a cookie he will get, as toddlers feed the included plastic one into his big, blue, furry mouth. He responds with sounds, shakes and phrases that let you know just how much he likes them. He’ll even sing a song. Cookie Monster measures 13 inches tall, and he requires two AA batteries (only demo batteries are included).

He’s recommended for kids 18 months-4 years of age. Similar to Tickle Me Elmo, this toy is fun, interactive, and a great addition to playtime.

Best Stuffed Toy: GUND Peek A Boo Elmo

Pros
  • 13 phrases

  • Soft and cuddly

Cons
  • Blanket may occasionally get stuck

It’s hard to get much more adorable than loveable, squeezable Elmo. This plush toy from Gund features everyone’s favorite red monster all nestled below a snuggly blanket, ready to play peek-a-boo. As kids pull the blanket up and down, Elmo responds with one of 13 phrases. Soft and cuddly, he requires three AA batteries, which are included, so he’s ready to go right out of the box. Designed for kids ages 18 months and up, he’s 15 inches tall, which is just the right size for cuddling.

Parents say little ones go crazy for this toy, and that it’s a realistic representation of the TV character. Most find it to be well-made, and while some note the blanket gets stuck from time to time, most say it’s a great choice for kids who love Elmo.

Best Learning Toy: Sesame Street Elmo's On the Go Letter

Pros
  • Contains all letters of the alphabet

  • Storage case included

Cons
  • Does not include numbers

Oh, let us count the ways toddlers will love this set of on-the-go letters. There are at least 26, as it contains all the letters of the alphabet in one handy-dandy carrying case that features Elmo’s sweet face on the front. Each letter fits into its own slot, and beneath are more familiar characters and items that start with each letter.

For example, below “A” is a picture of Abby Cadabby, while “Y” features a yo-yo. It’s a great way for kids to learn the letters and sounds, and as they progress, the letters can be used to create words and promote early reading skills. Recommended for ages 2 to 4, it’s a great way to combine fun and learning.

Best Active Toy: Sesame Street Elmo School Bus Ride-On

Pros
  • Realistic engine sounds and steering wheel

  • Flashing lights

Cons
  • Takes up more space

  • No off button

For Sesame Street fun on the go, there’s this ride-on school bus, driven by none other than Elmo himself. Beep! Beep! This one features flashing lights, lively music and realistic engine sounds for revved-up fun and learning. Kids power it with their feet while they can turn gears and the steering wheel for imaginative play. It’s recommended for kids ages 12 months to 3 years, and it runs on two AA batteries, which are included.

Best Hands-On: CreateOn Sesame Street Colors with Elmo Magna-Tiles

Pros
  • Hands-on learning

  • Colorful pieces

Cons
  • Not recommended for children under 3 years old

Recommended for children ages 3 and up, these magna-tiles are perfect for hands-on learning. Discover colors, numbers, geometric shapes, and more through magnetic building. Children can simply take the magnetic pieces and connect them together to make their favorite Sesame Street friends, like Elmo and Big Bird. 

Best Portable: Sesame Street Cookie Monster's Foodie Truck

Pros
  • Teaches shapes

  • Back of truck opens for easy shape removable

Cons
  • Only six shapes included

Children can tap into their imaginative play by pretending to be Cookie Monster and Gonger as they go on a foodie truck adventure together. This shape-sorting toy not only teaches little ones about shapes, but each shape features a food. From an apple to carrot, kids are also exploring foods while matching shapes to their cut-outs. And, kids can take the foodie truck everywhere they go as all shapes fit in the truck for easy storage.

Best Musical: Sesame Street Rock and Rhyme Elmo

Pros
  • 14 phrases and five songs

  • English and Spanish included

Cons
  • Requires four batteries

  • Guitar is not removable

Rock and rhyme with Elmo as he makes music with his guitar! With 14 phrases and five songs, Elmo sings music favorites, like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, in both English and Spanish. Recommended for children ages 18 months old to 4 years old, Elmo requires four batteries and weighs less than two pounds. 

For a budget-friendly Sesame Street toy, check out the Sesame Street Playskool Collector Pack (view on Amazon). There’s Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster, and even that grumpy, but loveable grouch, Oscar—a whole gang of friends ready for some awesome pretend play anytime, anywhere. There’s also the GUND Peek-A-Boo Elmo (view on Amazon) for some fun play time with Elmo. As kids pull the blanket up and down, Elmo responds with one of 13 phrases.

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Katrina Cossey has been a digital content producer and news and feature writer for more than six years. She has covered topics ranging from local and national news as well as writing and researching parenting content. Katrina recommends the Sesame Street Elmo’s on the Go Letter (view on Amazon) for children who love Sesame Street. Not only do children learn their letters, but behind each letter is a Sesame Street character.

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