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Peanut Pals

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

Here's a group of characters your kids will go nutty over.


  • Peanuts in the shell
  • Small nail or tack
  • Twigs
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Glue
  • Markers
  • Yarn, cotton or pieces of wool


  1. Start with a handful of unshelled peanuts. Hold each one stem side down and use a small nail (parents only) or tack to poke arm and leg holes in the shell.
  2. Insert stubby twigs or pipe cleaners for limbs, using a dab of glue to hold them in place.
  3. Draw on faces with fine-tipped markers.
  4. Fashion hair and beards out of wool yarn or bits of cotton and glue them onto the shells. For hats, use acorn crowns or tiny pinecones.
  5. To fashion a peanut pet, turn the nut sideways and add four twig legs and a tail. Use markers to draw on a nose, ears and a few spots. For a dog collar, wrap a pipe cleaner around the midsection of the peanut. Or make a cat by drawing on whiskers and tiger stripes. Add a fluffy yarn tail.