My kids can play with certain toys for ever. Well, it seems like forever when I'm getting lots done while they are contently playing. I love those toys, even the messy ones, for the little freedom it gives me! There is even a time and a place for play dough.
One of those (less messy) toys is the box of wikki sticks.
(The only messy part is finding them all over the house because of a certain little 2 yr old who can't stay still, and that is no fault of the wikki sticks.)
Here are a couple of cowboys made by George.