A little while ago I let the boys have at 'er with all the mini pom poms I've been
hoarding saving. If I remember correctly, I just wanted them to be doing something so that I could be doing my something. Totally worked. At first, they had fun filling and dumping and refilling the five or six empty containers I had given them (ideally for sorting, but I'm a Mama to two very active boys. Who am I kidding?!) Then it became all-out pom pom war, then rolling in the pom poms, filling dump trucks, and so forth. Our family room looked like a pom pom bomb had exploded! Then the boys very diligently helped me pick up every.single.mini. pom pom.
I'm still finding random pom poms to this day.