Is your child a fan of Teddy Bear? Bring Teddy to life with this simple and affordable costume craft! Costumes can elevate your child’s pretend-play and involving them in the crafting process has tons of benefits. Projects like this help develop problem-solving and fine motor skills, creativity, imagination and artistic expression in children of all ages.
While making costumes, you can talk to your child about following directions (including what steps come first, next and last), help them count materials and talk about shapes. If your child is an early reader, you can also practice reading and comprehension skills by having them help read the instructions below.
Crafting time is bonding time – encourage discussion, questions and artistic liberties along the way. Remember – your finished product will only last so long, but the memories you create crafting will last a lifetime. Making a DIY Mother Goose Club costume is a great activity for super-fan birthdays, Halloween or dress-up!
All the materials you need are below. Most everything can be found around the house or at your local store. Get creative, improvise and let us know what works for you!
• Brown hooded sweatshirt
• Brown leggings or sweatpants
• Felt: brown, light brown, blue
Step 1 – Teddy’s Leggings:
Cut two strips of light brown felt for each leg and glue them around the pants. Be sure to leave a gap at the back to let your child’s legs move freely!
Step 2 – Teddy’s Belly:
Cut an oval shape out of light brown felt and three brown stripes to go across it. Glue the belly onto the middle of the sweatshirt.
Step 3 – Teddy’s Ears and Bow Pt 1:
Cut a bow shape from the blue felt. For ears, cut two brown circles, and two slightly smaller light brown circles. Center and glue the light brown felt onto the dark brown. Once dry, cut a slit into each circle without passing through the center. Add glue near the slit on one side, overlap the felt and press and hold to make cone shapes!
Step 4 – Teddy’s Ears and Bow Pt 2:
Glue the ears and bow to the top of the hood.
Wear It and Share It!
Once everything is dry and set, it’s time to get dressed up! Be sure to pull up the hood of the sweatshirt so Teddy’s ears stand up tall.
For a simpler, everyday look, you can also try Mother Goose Club t-shirts. Designed based on feedback from you, the fans, MGC t-shirts are stylish, soft, durable and parent-approved!