I would like to take a moment to seek some advice, if I may. I know this is coming from out of the blue, but I was hoping that someone could advise me on either where to buy or how to make a realistic cookie monster puppet. I was reading through some of the various threads in these forums and found that many members had success in puppet making. My intention in obtaining a realistic Cookie Monster puppet is justifiable. In my spare time, I volunteer at a Children's hospital once a week and bring along my Kermit puppet to entertain them. My Kermit puppet is a Jim Hanson workshop puppet (at least that is what it reads on his tag) that I bought several years ago. As much as the children enjoy a visit from Kermit, many of them often ask about Elmo or Cookie Monster. No doubt they’re more familiar with sesame street characters than Kermit or any of the other muppets. Unfortunately, I do not have a realistic Cookie Monster to entertain them. A couple of years ago I bought a Cookie Monster puppet from Target and use that to entertain them, but the puppet looks more like a plush stuffed animal than a realistic Cookie Monster. Because of that, I can tell the children I visit are not too excited about it. I am hoping to change that with any advice provided here. As one can imagine, many of these children are faced with indescribable adversities. The circumstances they face often take a tremendous toll on them and their parents/families. Because I am blessed with the ability to volunteer some of my time in cheering them up, I've desperately been wanting to see if I could find someone either selling a realistic cookie monster puppet or could point me in the direction on how to make one. I possess the determination wanting to make one but heavily lack in experience, for I’ve never made a puppet before. Despite my inexperience, I'm willing to try my hand at it if it means bringing a smile to their faces during their time of difficulty, for that alone is worth the invested time to tackle this endeavor. It is my sincere hope that someone on these boards can kindly help me with this endeavor, for I know the opportunity would be a tremendous one to partake. I understand that no one on here has an obligation to respond and/or point me toward any direction, but my hope is to find someone with enough intentional grace to willingly help me so that I may in turn encourage and inspire these children while they face unimaginable, debilitating circumstances. That all stated, any advice that could be provided will be greatly appreciated and for a noble cause. Please allow me to kindly thank everyone in advance. Take care.