This is an easy art project that works those fine motor skills. All you need is some glue and an excess of yarn or string. If your child is old enough, allow him to cut the string himself. That step allows them to have more ownership over the process and final product.
You can use string, yarn, twine, ribbons — whatever you have on hand. If you want to be really frugal, keep ribbons that come on gift-wrapped packages and save them for this project.
If your child can use scissors, let them cut up pieces – or if they have trouble, offer pre-cut sections in a variety of lengths. After cutting up the string, kids can squirt out glue in lines, swirls, shapes or blobs. (Let them use as much as they want! Glue is cheap.) They can press the string along the glue lines…. or whatever they want, really.
Some kids (not mine, for some reason) might like to use the string or yarn to make pictures… but I wouldn’t encourage or suggest it, just let them explore.