Here is a fun craft for kids that can also double as a great gift for the holidays. It makes a very cute bowl you can put Holiday cookies or candy in as a gift or as a table centerpiece.
Here's what you need:
Bag of Pony beads (little plastic beads sold at most craft stores even Walmart)
Microwave safe glass or ceramic bowl. Whatever size bowl you choose will be the size of the bowl you make.
Place the beads into the bowl to desired height. Make sure all the beads are touching and in a single layer- they don't all have to be facing the same way. You can also make a pattern if you wish.
Next, put in the microwave on Hi in 30 second increments until you notice the beads have begun to melt into each other. Allow the beads to cool for a couple of minutes before you slowly remove them from the bowl and you have a beautiful handmade bowl!