Yarn Chandelier... I wonder if I could make these with the colors (and differing sizes) as the planets and make it into a ceiling model of the solar system... hmmm... one day the kids will make this with me!!!
Get plain, inexpensive wooden dowels from your local hardware or craft store and let the children decorate their own walking sticks (or hiking sticks). They can use decorative duct tape, paint, stickers, etc.