Turn thread spools into quick, kooky characters.
Peel away the labels from the top and bottom of a plastic thread spool.
Cut yarn into 2 dozen 6-inch lengths and divide them into four groups of six. Sandwich each group in a pipe cleaner bent in half. Then fit each set of the pipe cleaner ends into a separate hole in the center of the spool, pulling the ends through just far enough to secure the yarn in place.
When all of the yarn hair is attached, trim 4 of the pipe cleaner ends protruding from the bottom of the spool so that they are flush with the plastic (a parent's job). Pose the remaining 4 ends to resemble arms and legs.
Glue button eyes and a nose to the thread-covered spool for a face.