Ava made most of these pretty beads from her playdough. She mixed the pink and purple playdoughs and then formed them into balls. We pushed a toothpick through the centers to create the hole, and then we set them aside for two days to make sure they were dry. Then Ava strung her pretty beads onto some jewelry cord I happened to have (but you could use any string or yarn). She added some other beads we already owned into her pretty design, and it turned out really cute. If you have a boy, he could make a keychain with his beads instead of a necklace. You can find the keychain gizmos (I don't know what they are technically called) at a craft store.