Pony Beads and curling ribbon (the type you use in gift wrap) are lifesavers. Several years ago when the kids were much smaller they loved to make animals and other things out of these. You can find pony bead patterns on line.
I bought a large bucket of beads for less than $10 and put directions in plastic sleeves for hours of fun. I also bought key ring hooks and other such attachments to use with these. You can find books on making these things at craft stores like Hobby Lobby, Michaels and Jo-Ann’s.