The Cookie Monster visits Cherubs Preschool and Early Learning Centre and meets three-year-old Joseph Maguard.
The Cookie Monster visits Cherubs Preschool and Early Learning Centre and meets three-year-old Joseph Maguard. John Gass

Cookie Monster a cracker with kids

NOT A cookie - or biscuit if you prefer - was safe at Cherubs Preschool and Early Learning Centre on Thursday.

A big blue guest was on his way to devour them, and excitement could be felt in every room.

The Cookie Monster visited the Banora Point centre as part of a Sesame Street Presents Elmo's World Tour promotion.

Unfortunately some of the children may have suspected Mr Monster was there to devour them, as the odd scream of terror could be heard amid those of delight.

All up it was about as exciting as the sugar rush one gets after their first cookie for the day.

Mr Monster first posed for photos with children from the nearby Banora Point Public School.

Then he cradled a baby in an image which was both cute and surreal, then went room-to-room dishing out hugs, high-fives and hysteria.

Centre directory Jenny Wall said she could understand how hot Mr Monster must have been under all that blue fur.

"I used to dress up in a hot costume when I worked in a pizza restaurant.

"When I was contacted to see if he could visit I said 'Yeah that'd be great'.

"No I'm not a fan of him, but my granddaughter is and I think a terrible lot of Cherubs are."

Mr Monster finished his tour through the centre at the second-floor's busy after-school-care.

He sung songs like If You're Happy and You Know It Clap Your Hands and Head Shoulders Knees and Toes.

Then he was swamped by a pack of hug-hungry children.

One even had a bowl of cookies for him but unfortunately he had eaten so many already he could neither eat nor talk.

Guess he's called the Cookie Monster for a reason.

Ms Wall said Cherubs was privileged to have had him visit.

"Anything to help promote the tour, and it was a good way of brightening the kids' day too," she said.

Elmo's World Tour is leading the Cookie Monster and others such as Big Bird on a fun and educational tour of Queensland during March and April.

The tour starts at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on March 24 and finishes at the Arts Centre Gold Coast on April 23 and 24.

Visit sesameworkshop.org for more information.



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