Elmo's Monster Maker

App review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Your created Muppets play with Elmo in real video.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

While Elmo's Monster Maker is a lot of fun and can encourage creativity, we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of Play

The app is super-easy to use. Toddlers will have fun using it.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Sesame Street characters appear in the app, but neither the show, nor other Sesame products are marketed through the app.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Elmo's Monster Maker is a Sesame Street app that is more for fun than for hardcore learning. The app features video of Elmo and a selection of faceless muppets waiting to be customized. Kids can choose from a good number of eyes, noses, horns, hats, etc., and make a muppet all their own. The created muppets will the interact and play with Elmo in real video footage.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCoolParent23 May 27, 2019

Super inappropriate, dont buy

I bought this app for my child thinking it was but a simple Sesame Street game. But I was wrong. I look at my child's iPad, and there were scenes of inappr... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 20, 2019
Kid, 12 years old August 1, 2012


This would prob scare little kids its monsters you know.

What's it about?

Kids design their own monster puppet, adding eyes, a nose, and hat, and then play with their monster. They can take a picture of their creation, make their monster dance, or see a short skit with their monster and Elmo. The graphics are impressively realistic, and the backgrounds and body parts are updated seasonally.

Is it any good?

ELMO'S MONSTER MAKER is a great app. The video on it is truly amazing. You will create a muppet monster, choosing the eyes, nose, hat, and so on, but when that monster plays and dances with Elmo in the videos, it looks totally real. There's a real wow factor for young kids (and frankly, adults may think it's pretty neat, too). The interplay between Elmo and your custom muppet will also be genuinely funny. It may feel a bit short, but with so many possible combinations and so many potentially new and different monsters, there's plenty of replay value.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Arts: playing
  • Skills: Creativity: imagination, producing new content
  • Price: $3.99
  • Release date: January 28, 2010
  • Category: Kids' Games
  • Publisher: Sesame Street
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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