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Daniel Finds Something To Do

Episode: 401a
Air Date: July 11, 2018
Previous Episode: 325b - Daniel Wonders About Trolley
Next Episode: 401b - Daniel's Royal Good Time
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Daniel Tiger is playing restaurant in his playhouse and invites Mom Tiger to join him. Unfortunately, Mom has to go to work at her new job as a carpenter and is unable to play with Daniel. With Dad and Margaret out of the house at the time, Daniel has to go to work with his mom. She encourages Daniel to find something to help keep him occupied: "When grown-ups are too busy to play with you, look around, look around, to find something to do."

Daniel takes crayons and paper with him to the Enchanted Garden where his mom will be fixing a hole in the stage. While Mom Tiger works, Daniel draws a picture of his mom and make-believes that he and Tigey are carpenters.

When Daniel tries to share a new song with his mom, he is disappointed when she is not able to pay attention because of her work. When Daniel is encouraged to find something else to do, he uses a collection of cardboard boxes to make a pretend rocket ship and a snowman. Constructing a make-believe ice rink, Daniel and Tigey pretend to skate while Mom finishes her work.

With her work complete, Mom Tiger is finally able to join Daniel for some fun!


  • "When grown-ups are too busy to play with you, look around, look around, to find something to do."


Appearing In This Episode

Live Action Segment

The live action segment following this episode includes a boy playing his mom works.



The storyline from this episode is use in the book Mom Tiger's New Job.

Among others, the strategy from this episode was used in the special episode, Won't You Sing Along With Me?.



Episode Credits

Written by Becky Friedman
Created by Angela C. Santomero
Based on the work of Fred Rogers

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