Cookie Monster Stars In His Own Interactive YouTube Game

Cookie Monster has become something of a web video star this year, amassing over 1.5 million views in his recent campaign for a hosting gig on SNL, and posting regular video blog on his Facebook page and Tumblr. Now he’s even got his own interactive YouTube game! ‘Sink or Float?’ is a fun new educational game that leads viewers through experiments to find out if different objects sink or float.

Dan Lewis, Sesame Workshop’s Director of New Media Communications, let me know about the video via Twitter today when it was posted on the Sesame Street Tumblr blog. How does the game work? Basically, viewers are asked to click and choose one of four objects in the first video to start the game. The choices are a coconut, lemons and limes, Ernie’s rubber ducky and a rubber band ball. Viewers are then asked to choose a hypothesis – will the object sink or float? A final video lets the viewer know whether his or her hypothesis was correct. Give ‘Sink or Float?’ a try, starting with the video below.

Over the last year, or even two, there have been quite a number of interactive games on YouTube. However, this is the first one I’ve seen that is actually educational and appropriate for kids. The game is a fantastic way to teach kids about the scientific method, starting out by asking a question, then coming up with a hypothesis and then testing that hypothesis. I hope that we’ll see a lot more fun interactive YouTube games for kids from Sesame Street and the loveable Cookie Monster.

What do you think of ‘Sink or Float?’ Do you think we will be seeing new trends in YouTube gaming for kids in the near future?