My daughter's preschool teacher thought something like her Little Friend might be a nice project for Christmastime. I felt that working with the tiny beads and tiny clothes was probably too hard for preschoolers. I found these cute elves made out of beads and tried them out. Having access to different sized beads and maybe even ovals would be nice for the tummy.
Another pattern I found was to use pine cones for the body and add mittens and booties. The scarf is nice for hiding the pipe cleaner at the neck.
Adding a ribbon while putting everything together worked out well. The yellow hat is stitched on the back and I liked the way that worked better than just hot glue. From my other preschoolers, I know they can sew felt with guidance.