A Fun Way to Celebrate National Peanut Month

By Meagan Ruffing

There's so much more you can do with peanuts than just eat them. Why not try some cute crafts with your kiddos in honor of National Peanut Month?

If your kids are anything like mine, they'll balk at the idea of eating peanuts out of shells but the second you pop open that bag and show your kids just how fun peanuts can be, they'll be begging you for more.

FINGER PUPPETS

What you will need: 5-10 empty peanut shells (plus a few more in case some break) Paint Paintbrushes

Break your peanut shell in the middle at its weakest point. Shells can be delicate so be careful when breaking them. Pull peanuts out leaving it hollow inside. Sometimes the peanut won't come out but your child can still fit one of her fingers in the shell. If that's the case, don't worry about getting the peanut out. Let your child paint faces on the peanut shells and leave them to dry on a paper plate. Once shells are dried, have your child put the shells on her fingers and help her sing the "Daddy Peanut" song. "Daddy peanut, daddy peanut, where are you? Here I am, here I am, how do you do? Mommy peanut, mommy peanut, where are you? Here I am, here I am, how do you do?" Repeat song using Brother peanut, sister peanut, and so on.

Ants on Paper

What you will need: Construction paper Peanuts (without the shells) Hot glue or liquid glue Markers or paint

This is a great craft to with kids of any age. Break open the peanut shells and pull out the peanuts. Make sure each peanut is in half so you can glue down the peanut with the flat side down on the paper. Glue the halved peanuts in a fun line on the paper to make it look like a trail of ants. Once the glue has dried and the peanuts are stuck to the paper, color the peanuts with a black marker and draw tiny legs coming out from each side of the peanuts. Let your kids draw backgrounds on their pictures and watch their faces light up as they see their imaginations come to life on paper.

Butterflies

What you will need: Peanut Shells Hot glue gun with glue Cardstock or construction paper Black pipe cleaner Googly eyes

This craft will require help from an adult since a glue gun is involved. Have your child pick out a full sized peanut shell. Let him cut out butterfly wings from any color of paper he chooses. This is a great time for him decorate the wings with markers and stickers. Pipe a thick line of glue on one side of the peanut shell and stick the flat edge of the wing in the glue. Hold there until set. Repeat on the other side of the shell so both wings are across from each other. Glue two eyes on the front of the peanut shell. Cut the pipe cleaner in to one, 2-inch piece and form it into the shape of a V. Place one large pea-sized dab of hot glue on the back side of the peanut. Place the tip of the V in that dab of glue and hold there until it sets.

Mosaic Peanut Masterpiece

What you will need: A bowl full of shelled peanuts Markers Glue Glitter (optional...but fun!)

Grab a piece of paper and let your kids go wild with this craft. Tell you daughter to grab the glue and put dots wherever she wants to lay a peanut. Make sure the peanuts are halved so the flat part will lay on the paper. Once the glue has dried and peanuts are set in place, have your daughter color the peanuts as she likes or have her add a little more glue on the top of some of the peanuts so she can sprinkle glitter over them. To make this piece mosaic, have her group the peanuts by colors. For example, glue a circle of peanuts and color them all blue. Then right next to those blue peanuts, make another design in the shape of a swirl and color those green, and so on. The coloring part is easier with paints but you can use markers too.