Elmo's World Hide & Seek Review (Identity Games)

Elmo's World Hide & Seek
What It Is

Where is Elmo? With the game Elmo's World Hide & Seek, preschoolers use clues on location cards to try and find the hidden Elmo doll. And while they search for the hidden Elmo, they'll hear Elmo make sounds and talk to them to give them audible clues.

There are actually a variety of different ways to play the game depending on the age of the child. With a baby, you can simply place a cloth or handkerchief over Elmo and let the baby look for Elmo to reinforce that when something is out of sight, it doesn't mean that the item has disappeared.

For toddlers, you can hide Elmo behind a safe object without the child looking, turn him on, and then let your child crawl or walk toward the object to find Elmo, increasing the distance the child must go each time you play.

If you use the cards, you can choose three cards and have the child search for Elmo in those three locations, such as in a bookbag, behind a stack of books, or on a chair. When playing with multiple children, the first child to find Elmo gets to keep the location card, and the player with the most location cards at the end of the game wins.

Or the cards can be used in a series, meaning that you give the child a location card that leads them to another location card that leads them to another location card and so on until they are eventually lead to Elmo.

And for older children, they can hide Elmo and make the parents find him.

Is It Fun?

This game is a great way to get parents and kids playing together, and we like that there are multiple ways to play depending on the age of the child. For little kids who like Elmo, they'll like going on a hunt to find Elmo and hearing Elmo talk.  

Who It’s For

Elmo's World Hide & Seek is for two or more players ages 1 to 4. It will be fun for kids who are fans of Elmo.

What To Be Aware Of

The game comes with 24 location cards and a talking Elmo doll. The game requires two AAA batteries, which are not included.

As parents play, they are encouraged to talk to their kids about the pictures on the cards and use descriptive spatial language to provide clues, which can help build early math skills.

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  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy

    2 AAA batteries required