There are a zillion things kids can do with Popsicle sticks besides build houses.
I'm all for my kids creating "art" but it accumulates like crazy. These projects end up beautiful enough to keep around for a while.
I'll be breaking out the paints again this year for this "you're allowed to get messy" patriotic project.
My daughter's fascinated with makeup (but too young to play with the real thing). These faux palettes are her absolute fave.