Happy Birthday to Elmo!
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When asked, Elmo will tell you he is three and a half years old. However, his birthday is tomorrow, February 4. Other notables who share his birthday include Rosa Parks, civil rights leader and Charles Lindbergh, pilot.
He was originally created in the 1970s as the character "Baby Monster," who typically appeared in the background. Kevin Clash reinvented him in 1984 as the Elmo children know and love today.
If you count his early Baby Monster years, his chronological age would be mid-40s. If you consider his true "birth" as the day Clash made him a star, he would be in his mid-30s. Of course, regardless of how you count the years, he will always be three and a half years old — even tomorrow, on his official birthday.
Here are three ways for you and your toddlers and preschoolers to celebrate Elmo's birthday, this week:
1. Visit SesameStreet.org, where you can blow bubbles with Elmo or play Elmo and the Beanstalk.
3. Watch Elmo's World: Birthdays on YouTube: