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Cheese Pals

With cheese-slice bodies and cracker hands and feet, these wacky posable characters are well-equipped to keep kids entertained for hours. Plus they're a cinch to round up - especially if you trace around a bottle cap to make the hands and feet.

Materials

  • Corrugated cardboard (two 3-inch squares and six circles about 1 inches wide)
  • Glue stick
  • Glue dots
  • Googly eyes
  • Scissors
  • Craft or scrapbook paper (yellow, tan, black, and brown)
  • 4 pipe cleaners
  • 2 metal washers (for weights)
  • Craft scissors (optional)
  • Fine-tipped marker

Instructions

  1. Glue the cardboard squares together stacked one atop the other with the corrugation running in opposite directions.
  2. Cut two squares of yellow paper the same size as the cardboard. (The use of scissors is not for very young children.) Glue one to the back of the cardboard. Then glue a strip of black or brown paper to the top of the back side of the second yellow square and trim the edge to resemble hair. Glue the ensemble to the face of the cardboard and use glue dots to stick on a pair of googly eyes,
  3. For arms and legs, bend the pipe cleaners in half. For hands, attach a cardboard circle to the end of each arm by inserting the pipe cleaner end into one of the corrugation channels, as shown. Insert the tops of the arms into corrugation channels on the sides of the cheese body.
  4. For feet, attach cardboard circles to the legs as you did with the arms, and then bend the pipe cleaners at a 90-degree angle directly behind the feet. Use glue dots to stick a metal washer atop each foot. Then cover each washer by gluing on another cardboard circle.
  5. Next, cut out four 1-inch-wide crackers from the tan craft paper using scalloped-edge craft scissors if you have them. Use the marker to draw seven small holes on each cracker. Then glue the paper crackers to the tops of the hands and feet.
  6. Finally, bend the pipe cleaners to form elbows and knees and your craft pals are ready to stand up and pose.