Some days it's the simple things that keep me sane. We started the day with snow. Joy. (Can you sense the sarcasm? It's there)
I had a quite the kitchen list to work on: batch cooking, yogurt, cookies and baby food, to give you the macro overview. Sometimes GGirl will be right in the middle of my kitchen projects. By the time I made it downstairs this morning she was fixated on a pond for her rubber ducks and HandyMan obliged: there was a big bowl of water on the counter for the ducks.
As I headed for my projects I told GGirl I had a better pond for the ducks. Enter the bin-o-feed-corn that came into our possession when friends had to move (Thanks Jennifer!) Filled up a 10 x 14 container and turned her loose.
The ducks partied. The elves and reindeer got jealous and joined in many rounds of Hide & Seek. She talked to the menagerie non-stop for about two hours - with a few random "phone calls" mixed in. I was only addressed when she got hungry.
Worked for me!