If your paint brushes, construction paper and playdough need an afternoon off, turn to what we think is the most underrated craft supply hiding in your house: String! From a tin can telephone to an edible necklace, read on for six activity ideas that use this versatile good. We promise not to string you along.

cats-cradle-ccflickr-sanfrananniephoto: Sanfranannie via flickr

1. Cat’s Cradle
Get those little fingers moving while practicing dexterity and hand-eye coordination with a game of Cat’s Cradle. Learn moves you never knew existed by clicking here.

cereal-necklace-ccflickr-myklroventinephoto: myklroventine via flickr

2. Edible Necklace
Combine snacktime with playtime by creating an edible necklace. String together your favorite cereal (we love Fruit Loops for this activity) or candy.

tin-can-telephone-ccflickr-chrispotterphoto: Chris Potter via flickr

3. Tin Can Telephone
Show your kids how fun it is to communicate sans technology. Use your string to create a tin can telephone and let the games of telephone begin!

IMG_3846photo: Tracilawson via flickr

4. Friendship Bracelet
We used to spend hours designing and making friendship bracelets for our BFFs. Now it’s time to pass the tradition along to your own kiddos. Check out this easy tutorial to get inspired.

dreamcatcher-ccflickr-shannamaephoto: Shannamae via flickr

5. Dreamcatcher
You urge your kids to dream big. Create a dreamcatcher to keep those hopes and aspirations with this fun craft. Get the step-by-step instructions here.

orion rhino craftphoto: Erin Feher

6. Make a Mask
Tap into your inner animal and make a rad rhino mask. Get the full tutorial by clicking here.

What is your favorite thing to do with string? Share your ideas in the comment section below.

—Erin Lem