So I am working with the kids to try and make their presents to family, friends, teachers, etc. So far we have made:
1) String Bowls. These are cool. You take colored yarn and drench it in white glue. It takes a LOT of glue. Then you blow up some balloons and attach them to a paper cup or bowl to stabilize them. Then you drape the strands of yarn all around the top half of the balloon. After it dried, we also painted more glue on so it was crunchy (I have also heard you can use fabric stiffener). When all that is dry you pop the balloon (which does this cool crunchy deflating thing), and detach it from the bowl. Waaalaa. Very cool. We are going to make more of these.
2) Felt Animal Pens. I saw these here. Basically they are just ballpoint pens dressed up to look like animals. We made a dozen or so over Thanksgiving.
We also plan to make:
1) homemade melted crayons - I have been collecting old crayons to make a bunch of these babies.
2) Rollo Turtles - These are soooo awesome. Seriously. Oh my GOSH they are so good.
Any other cheap and easy ideas?