Consider having a Jonah figure be on the end of the string. Make as a classroom activity at the end of class, or if's you're adventurous, complete most of the construction and have the students finish for their own take-home came.
ROY G BIV - could I use this to help with classroom management or as an incentive - yes an incentive! All students have name on hair and as class goes on I will add to head. If hair is done, class can have a "treat". So many ways I could use this!