My kindergarten students enjoy working with pom poms from the craft department of various stores. We have a tub of these on the shelf and the kids play with them during centers. (They pretend the pom poms are money and they especially like the sparkles.) We also use them during math lessons. They are great for sorting since they come in all different sizes and colors. The pom poms make great counters as well. The pom poms are much quieter to use than teddy bear counters or linking cubes. :)
Here is a fun activity we completed for our ELA lessons. We have been learning about Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes. Each child was given a brown lunch sack and a page of characters from The Three Little Pigs. We used die-cut squares and triangles to make the brick house on the lunch sack. The kids used construction paper scraps to add details to their houses. The boys and girls loved taking these home and retelling the story of the three little pigs to their families.