Even the most rambunctious toddlers have been known to contentedly watch trucks and construction sites for as long as you'll let them so why not capitalize on this to focus their attention while you work in the kitchen?
We saw these terrific magnets on the blog Tigerlilly Tinkering. The author, a mom of two boys, took photographs of all the different trucks, cars and vehicles she could find in the neighborhood. She laminated them, added a magnet and put them on the fridge for her sons to play - "holy smokes, they are a winner! I have seriously bought myself an additional 20 minutes of kitchen time." She made these over a year ago and reports that they are still a favorite activity for her boys. And if your kids aren't into vehicles - how about animals or people or signs?
So maybe take your camera out for a walk this weekend?