I have a very high needs toddler that likes to be the center of my world! She generally is but sometimes I have to cook dinner ;) So in the kitchen we have set up a drawer that has her toys in it. Some fake food, a bowl or two and some big serving spoons so that she can prepare her own dinner. She loves to go in the kitchen to "help" me cook dinner. I will assign her tasks and if she needs a little extra incentive to stay away from the stove or whatever I will even put a little water in her bowl and let her stir it up. This has worked great for us and she knows which drawer is hers and which ones are not. We also have a cabinet with tupper ware stuff in it that I will let her rummage through.
So this works for me and Anna! If you want some more fabulous ideas head over to Rocks in My Dryer. Thanks for stopping by!!!