Perler Bead Heart by Ms. Z
I learned about Perler beads from my sister-in-law last weekend. They are really wonderful, especially if you have a child that needs to work on her fine dexterity. It's crafty goodness that helps with motor skills.
Take one template with tiny pegs on it and one bucket of cylindrical plastic beads. Give them both to a child and let them create. Ms. Z just likes to mix all the colors. When the child is done, cover the project with parchment and iron. Voila! You have my plastic heart (although Z would like to give this one to her school art teacher).
This is equally fun for the parent, since I love to play with color and pattern, and it seems to make my child happy when I sit and do it with her. Finally a fun craft activity that we can do together that isn't messy and isn't hard to clean up.