Preschoolers love to play with playdough. Not only can it keep them entertained for long periods of time, it can be educational as well. Find some fun cookie cutters pieces to help with this.
Here are some letter and number cookie cutter pieces that will help them learn their alphabet and numbers as well as some other playdough shape sets.
There are also many different play-doh playsets that will help your child with their pretend play adventures.
You could also make your own playdough which is very fun and easy. Here are some recipes for playdough and glurch, which is another fun substance for kids to play with, kind of like silly putty.
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
2 tablespoons cream of tarter
2 cups of water
2 tablespoons oil
Mix all ingredients in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring until stiff. Allow to cool, then knead.
Here's a recipe for "Glurch". It's kind of like silly putty. It's pretty cool stuff. I've never made it before but the lady who gave me the recipes gave Adalie some to play with. She loved it.
Mix together: 1 1/2 cups water and 2 cups Elmer's glue (Food coloring can be added to the water also, if you want to color your GLURCH).
In a separate bowl dissolve: 1/3 cup hot water, 1 tsp Borax.
Slowly add Borax mixture to glue mixture. Feel the coagulation take place. Work with hands. You will have extra liquid left. For more GLURCH, mix additional 1/3 cup hot water and 1 tsp Borax. Stir into glue mixture. Repeat again.