Giving a colander and pipe cleaners to your child will provide them with some simple entertainment that is also fantastic for their fine motor skills practice.
I gave this to F and he spent ages poking the pipe cleaners through the holes. I tried to show him that you could make loops if he poked both ends through, but he waved me away. This was HIS activity!
He played with this three times in one day – netting me over 30 minutes of peace! In fact any time I quickly need to occupy him I just brought it out – VERY handy!
Four months later my son still loves this activity – in fact if he sees the colander he automatically goes to find the pipe cleaners and sorts this activity out for himself!