Mine loved this one (from enchantedlearning.com)
Get a paper towel roll
Get some dry beans, or rice, or popcorn kernals
You also need some foil and construction paper, glue, and paint and/or stickers
Have your child decorate the tube - let it dry a day or so if it gets painted.
Then glue a circle of construction paper over one end of the tube (just cut the circle a bit bigger than the tube's diameter, and cut slits into the circle about 1/2 inch so it wil fold up to be glued. You may also want to use rubber bands to secure this in place after it's glued.
Once the glue is dry take a big piece of foil and kind of roll it into a tight tube. You then wrap it around your finger to twist it like a spring, then pull on both ends to stretch it out a big. Do this twice so you have two of these little boogers.
Put the springs into the paper towel tube. Add about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the rice or beans or kernals.
at 11:24 AM on Nov. 18, 2009