We were reading a Richard Scarry book and Olivia noticed a feather pen in one of the illustrations.
'It's a feather pen, honey. You dip the tip in ink, and you can write with it.' (Yes, I know that's over-simplified, but she's only 2 1/2.)
"I want a feather pen."
'They're pretty neat, aren't they?"
I could see that the wheels were turning. She was pretty taken with the idea of a feather pen. And then, it seemed that every story we read, there was a feather pen on a desk!
Fast-forward to mid-afternoon. I'm taking jeans off the clothesline and she comes running over, so excited, holding a big white feather! She was over by the henhouse, scouting for a good one.
We brought it in the house, rinsed it good (we know the hens, I know they're essentially clean (for hens), so I'm not terribly worried about mites or diseases or anything like that) and taped it to a crayon.
Voila'! Feather pen. Didn't cost a thing, either! If you have feathers left from crafts, or if you have some chickens (or turkeys!) you can make one too!