I'm going to order a beeswax candle making kit from A Toy Garden with the extra decorating thin wax so they can decorate them anyway they want to.
For her 2 yr old sister, she's been working on hand sawing and hand sanding wooden blocks from a fallen tree branch. We will wax them with beeswax once they are all finished. She is very proud of this project.
I need a few more ideas though. She loves to handknit, is there anything we can use these long chains of handknit yarn for? She also seems determined to make Grandma and her aunts necklaces. What kind of necklaces could she make that would really be appreciated (vs. some embroidery thread and beads, which she was trying to work on on her own today?)
Part of me wants to tell her not to worry about making gifts for everyone, it's really not necessary. But I know this is important to her, and really, it's an important life lesson too, to enjoy giving more than receiving. So, I feel like I owe it to her to help her with this. She keeps asking me what she should make "the guys", as in grandpa's, uncles, boy cousins, etc? And she will also want to make dh and I something, and we also have her 5 yr old sister.
Any fairly frugal ideas are welcome. I'm not opposed to buying some supplies for her though.