Sweet Girl and I made homemade beads following the recipe from MaryAnn Kohl's book First Art: Art Experiences for Toddlers and Twos. We had a lot of fun making them and then painting them. The recipe is pretty simple and I had everything we needed in our pantry. Basically you make a playclay using flour, salt, cornstarch and water. Sweet Girl helped me mix up all the ingredients (she LOVES helping in the kitchen). And then once they were dry (which took several days)....she painted them and decorated them with glitter.