Art Project: Cheery Bird Feeders
Cheerios (or similar cereal)
pipe cleaners / chenille stems / fuzzy wires whatever you want to call them
Book: Nest / Hurley, Jorey
What Kids Do: thread Cheerios onto the wires
Hindsight Tip: I was actually worried that this project would be too hard, too frustrating or possibly too boring, but it was actually a big hit! Even those kids who dutifully strung a few Cheerios on and then promptly ate them off the wires had a great time! Next time, bring more than the dregs of our family's own box of Cheerios... these kids wanted to PACK the o's onto their wires! Also, having enough that snacking on them was totally okay would have been nice.
Adult Challenge: Observe your child's demeanor (and respond accordingly to THAT instead of to the object that they're creating. Are they frustrated? Bored? Thrilled? Proud? That emotion is way more important than whether they're doing the project "right.")