In an effort to reduce said plastic-tat consumption, I made a ton of i-cord friendship bracelets. Hopefully they have a better chance of actually being used, and will disintegrate into the landfill they'll ultimately occupy, a couple of hundred years before their plastic compadres.
To make, you will need:
Cast on 3 stitches.
Make i-cord until it fits around your small person's wrist.
Cast off til you have only 1 stitch left on your needle.
From that 1 stitch, chain 8 stitches with crochet hook. Cut yarn & secure through last stitch.Secure the crochet chain to the main bracelet, to form a loop.
Using the cast on tail, sew a button onto the cast on edge.
Darn in tails. After securing with a couple of stitches, you can hide the ends inside the i-cord tube.
Send to school.
Here's a bunch I made. They were well received by both kids and teachers.