Inspired by this simple idea from Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning, I set out modeling clay, colored and plain toothpicks, buttons, and pipe cleaner pieces. I just love using old placemats and dollar store ceramic bowls. Children appreciate "real" stuff.
"A funny guy"
"A building vehicle"
Cookies and lollies
The children asked if we could get it out after naptime, so I separated all of the pieces back into bowls and trays and decided that our playdough table will be just for modeling clay for a while.