Peanut Marionettes

Peanut marionettes make excellent travel or sick-bed entertainment for children. A lap or a tray is a fine stage on which to turn imaginations loose in a confined space.

What You Will Need:

bag of peanuts (with shells)
long needle and thread
felt-tip pens

Use a long, narrow peanut for the main body and four smaller peanuts for the arms and legs. The needle must be longer than the longest peanut.

Thread the needle, knot the thread, and run the needle from the pointed end to the rounded end of one peanut leg, then into the lower end of the long peanut and up through the head. Leave approximately 6 inches of thread and cut. Do the other leg the same way. For the arms, knot the thread and run the needle through one peanut, through the body just under the head, and into the other peanut arm. Knot the other thread end close to the peanut.

Use the felt-tip pens to make a face on your peanut marionette and dress it with tiny scraps of cloth glued into place, if desired. Your marionette can dance and bounce across a table, creating a tiny play that will especially delight the younger members of the family.


Source: More Mudpies: 101 Alternatives to Television. Copyright © 1994 by Nancy Blakey. All rights reserved. This activity was reprinted with permission from Tricycle Press and may not be reproduced in any manner, including electronic, without prior written approval from the publisher.

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