This morning at the library I found the perfect book for right now: The Best Christmas Crafts Ever! I marked a number of projects that we could make right away with the supplies at hand. As soon as we got home, my oldest poured over each page before choosing our first project. It's a matchbox disguised to look like a snowy chimney; the Grinch slides down to steal Christmas from all the Who girls and boys when you pull on the green yarn. We completed two before moving on to decorating gift tags with similarly Grinch-ish-ly stickers.
Eventually, I left the studio to vacuum and put away laundry. By this point, he was drawing elaborate houses with many, many windows and carefully cutting them out. He completed at least twenty of all different shapes and sizes. I returned to the studio and found him absorbed in the task.
He said to me, "It's so refreshing to work in the studio, just making houses." We must be kindred spirits, because I agree: a whole lot of making calms me down as quick as can be.