Here's a cute and quick little project that you can set out for the kids to do when things get a little hectic. Visit Krokotak to download, print, and fold these paper owls that can be colored or left plain. They'd be a great Halloween decoration or mobile too.
With a little cardboard, string, and a straw you can make this rocket climbing toy in a jiffy and your kids will think you're a genius! Homemade toys are the best and this tutorial at Pink Stripey Socks is an easy one to get started with.