paper plate stencils> pencil control- This idea is much easier for crayons or pencils. I think my girls will feel more confident about doing stenciling with the paper plates verses the small plastic stencils they have used in the past.
What a neat and simple idea for a pattern! tie string tightly around a block of wood, dip lightly in ink and press to the paper using different, alternating directions. This will give you a "basket weave" effect when you're done.
country garden - SFH adds: I had to pin this wonderful site on three different boards it is such a great example of a successful border, winning plant combinations, and Blue/Purple- crown jewels in the garden.