Isaiah is a little bit less self-occupied than some other kids that I know. He bounces from one thing to the next, never spending very much time in one spot. For a little boy like him, I have an arsenal of quick
distractions activities to pull out when I need 15 minutes to myself to get something done.
e.g. dinner prep.
First things first, I sent him outside to gather some treasures for his shoe box. He wanted to use this stick, but I urged him to choose something a little...smaller. Obviously that wasn't a popular recommendation.
Turns out there were some pretty cool small things for the shoe box habitat.
"spikey balls," leaves, dirt, moss, a sea shell, etc.
I did allow a little bit of water in a separate bowl, because he is always drawn to projects that involve water.
Cool thing about this is that I can close the shoe box, put it in the closet, and pull it out when I need it.