It’s often the simple things that make the best toys. For example, the box that housed the new toy is often more popular than the toy itself.
My 17 month old enjoys taking things apart, stacking, and opening and closing drawers. The other evening I needed something different to occupy him in his high chair for a bit. So I decided to create something simple: a washed formula can and lids from baby food jars. I cut a hole in the top of the lid that was plenty wide and gave him the container and lids. He promptly removed the lid to the can and enjoyed putting the small lids in the container, pulling them out, and starting over.
It gave me 20 wonderful minutes to work on dinner and wash some dishes. 🙂