My new favorite thing this Spring are the pom pom beads from Blick Art Supplies. Price around a dollar fifty for 100 of these guys, they are a fair value and a fun addition to an art space. I've really enjoyed using them as an introduction to my jewelry center with my primary grades. Students work together to make garlands that then hang in the art room. I have the pom poms in a large bowl and pre-cut nylon strings (I burn the ends so it doesn't fray) ready to go. Students primary and intermediate have really enjoyed taking a quiet moment to relax and contribute to a community project.