I'm devouring the book, Creative Activities for Young Children. Again. This might be the third time I've read it.I have the 5th addition, but it looks like it's up to 8 now. I didn't read most of my own college text books, but I picked this text book up at a friends library sale a few years ago and love it.
Here's an idea from it. I made up a set of laminated, card stock- should last at least all year- cards. Each has a shape in outline form. Kids can roll out play dough snakes and create the shape. I added the names of the shapes because I think everything should be labeled. I made these up in word, it took 5 minutes.
Bee wanted to try them out. Lou wanted to play instead.
Both were rather focused. Bee did all 8 cards.
Playdough worked really well, but I think that laying some kind of cereal or snack would work. Also, pom poms or little pebbles could have been laid on the shape. There are lots of possibilities.