My boys are 7 and 5 and I know exactly what you are talking about!
My boys love for me to make them freezer paper stenciled shirts
, or applique shirts. Pajama sets with pajama pants and a matching shirt. That sort of thing.
I was thinking of making the boys a modified crayon roll this year. They like to draw/color when we are out at restaurants, soccer games, etc. But, I don't want just a roll for colored pencils. I want something that is more like a little book with the colored pencils on one side and a place to slip in a pad of paper on the other side, and then closed with an I-cord or something.
I was going to make them some treasure pouches for when we take hikes, go letterboxing, or similar. Like this one
from the Wee Folk Art blog.
Last year, I put together art boxes for them and they love them. I got the boxes from the Let's Explore website. They are sort of like fishing tackle boxes and they open up and expand. (She doesn't have them on her site anymore though.) Then I filled them up with some special new art supplies. Then, I also made a bunch of little sewn books that I put in there, using this tutorial
. They love them and use them all of the time. They can take them with them and have all their supplies at their fingertips where ever they are. I love the art supplies that they have at Stubby Pencil Studio
Another thing I was thinking of making the boys this year is a checkers set. I'm not sure yet what exactly I had in mind. Maybe something wood (my DH does woodworking) and then I could make the checkers with some disks and maybe stamp them? Or I could do a felt checkerboard that rolls up? Not sure, just a thought.
Or maybe some sort of canvas/fabric fort structure? My friend made her kids a tipi, which they love, but it would also be fun to make some sort of fabric playhouse, but in a boy-theme.