Celebrate Halloween by helping your child make her own easy-to-make Daniel Tiger costume! Have a GRRific Halloween!


  • yarn (yellow or orange for the ears
  • scissors
  • fabric glue
  • light brown felt and dark brown felt
  • double-sided tape
  • a red hooded sweatshirt or a red shirt
  • a pair of pants (preferably a neutral color)
  • sneakers
  • face paint or Daniel Tiger mask (optional)
  • a headband


      1. daniel tiger longGently wrap the yarn around your hand and keep wrapping until you've formed a very thick loop of yarn.


      1. Remove the loop of yarn from your fingers. Then tie a piece of yarn in the center of the looped yarn.


      1. Using scissors, cut both sides of the looped ends to form a pom-pom.


      1. Trim as needed to make the pom-pom look a little thicker and more like a round puff-ball. Repeat steps 1 through 5 to make the other ear.


      1. Cut out four felt circles. Two of the circles should be lighter brown and larger, at least 3 inches in diameter, and two should be about 2 inches smaller in diameter and dark brown.


      1. Glue the dark brown circle on top of the lighter brown circle and then cut the bottom into a curved semi-circle shape. Glue two brown stripes on the top. Repeat the process with the other two circles.


      1. Tie the pom-poms to the headband for your Daniel ears. Trim the excess yarn and the hanging yarn strands. Then glue a felt ear onto the front of each pom-pom.


      1. Cut out a tail from your light brown felt and then glue dark brown stripes on the tail. Safety-pin the felt tail to the back of the pants.


      1. Cut out four stripes for the pant legs. Taper the stripes at the ends. Using double-sided tape, tape two stripes at the bottom of each pants leg.


      1. Find a red hooded sweater, sweatshirt or a red shirt to finish the look!


      1. Finally, paint the child’s face to give the costume a finishing touch. If you don't have face paint, you can download a printable Daniel Tiger face and use it as a mask.



    Have a GRRific Halloween!


Caroline Gravino Urdaneta, a PBS Parents resident crafter, is a designer of creative family projects, tinkering painter and mother of four children. She writes about project ideas for the whole family and how to encourage creativity in kids on the popular blog, Salsa Pie and shares videos on the PBS Parents YouTube Channel. Subscribe HERE.

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