I try to have an art project for the kids once a week. And, they have been after me to get a pet. Solution - Beanie Babies. We cleaned out some spice bottles, added a few cotton balls and dried beans (pinto and great northerns), and attached some ribbon for necklaces. Now, in a few days, the beans should sprout and the kids can watch their pets grow. Even Brigham maintained attention and really seemed to enjoy the project. Not quite art, but fun.