My 15 month old son has Let's Rock Elmo, which includes drums, microphone, and tambourine for Elmo to play.
However, my son has several times decided that he wanted the instrument Elmo was "using" at that moment, and walked over and took them from Elmo (in a couple of instances this involved putting his hand on Elmo's forehead and pushing him over to get at the drums).
While my son seems to understand that Elmo is a toy, and not a small, red, furry person (despite being almost frighteningly articulated), I have to wonder if there would be any benefit in teaching my son to "play nice" and "share" with Elmo.
When he tries to play with toys that other toddlers or infants are playing with at daycare, we gently tell him "no, such-and-such is playing with that right now. Let's find you a different toy." Should we be doing something similar with Elmo?
My tendency is to say "no, it's just a toy", but none of the toys I had when I was a kid were anywhere near as lifelike or interactive, and I don't want to set precedent for my son thinking it is okay to just take things others are currently using.