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Building with Biodegradable Packing Peanuts

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In Junior High or High School (I can’t remember which) my science teacher showed us that if you slightly wet a biodegradable packing peanut you can stick them together (actually I think he ate one in class but I’m not going to recommend that here). That’s stuck with me this whole time and I can never help but stick a few together when they come in a¬†shipping box.Building with biodegradable packing peanuts - great idea!

The biodegradable packing peanuts are made from things like grain sorghum or cornstarch. They are lighter and more airy than the traditional polystyrene type. The best part about them though is with just a bit of water they stick together.Building with biodegradable packing peanuts - great idea!

You only need a small amount (to much and they’ll basically disintegrate into a gooey mess (though that’s fun too).

Quickly put your finger into some waterBuilding with biodegradable packing peanuts - great idea!

apply to the end of a peanutBuilding with biodegradable packing peanuts - great idea!

stick another peanut to itBuilding with biodegradable packing peanuts - great idea!Building with biodegradable packing peanuts - great idea!

and repeat.Building with biodegradable packing peanuts - great idea! aftb-building-peanuts-8 Building with biodegradable packing peanuts - great idea!

So easy! I left this out and the boys kept adding to it each time they walked by. Building with biodegradable packing peanuts - great idea!

The odd shape of the peanuts makes for some unconventional shapes but it’s still fun to see what you can come up with!

Building with biodegradable packing peanuts. You don't need any special adhesives - just water!

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Allison Waken is a wife, mom of boys and Phoenix, AZ native. She has been creating inspiring content for All for the Boys since 2011. Allison loves travel, movies and spending as much time as possible with her family while she can!

1 Comment

  1. What a great idea. Love it!!! I can’t wait to try this with my STEM classes.
    Thanks for Sharing!

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