Just a very simple idea for quieter sessions. Pom poms are so quiet. Children get the pom-poms with chopsticks or tweezers. good for counting sorting and fine manipulative. Can be done individually or they could choose a number then race to collect.
Kidsunlimited Stourton set up trays with large plastic tongs to encourage children to pick up the pompoms, buttons and pipe cleaners and put them into the cups--I could use the colored shot glasses with this!