Why We Love It: Catching bugs is one of the time-honored rites of spring, but lugging that big jar around is kind of a pain. This new activity incorporates fine-motor skills (threading the beads), and creativity (making your bead pattern) to the time spent outdoors catching critters. Just be sure to let your bug go before he meets an untimely demise. This necklace is sturdy enough for repeated use, so send your kids back outside all season to find another bug buddy.
What You'll Need: Plastic gumball containers, beading cord, beads, scissors, a thumbtack -- and a small bug.
How to Do It: Poke small holes all over the top of the gumball container, using the tack. Poke a larger hole in the middle of the lid, which is where you're going to anchor your cord. Thread one end of the cord through the large hole and place it around your child's neck to measure how long you want your necklace to be. Remember to leave enough extra cord for knotting. String your beads onto the cord and then, push the other end of the cord through the hole. If you can't get it through using your fingers, use the tack to push it. Thread both ends of the cord through a bead (this acts as an anchor) and then knot the cord. Find a bug, and you're good to go!