Our library has started offering backpacks for kids. They include some books, a cd and an activity or two all with the same theme. We got this for Nolan a few days before christmas. He was driving us a little nuts with needing us to lead him in play and just needing us to be focused 100% on him.
And then we got the backpack. Seriously, he stayed occupied for about 40 minutes! FORTY MINUTES. Amazing. We just returned that backpack and got a new one for him. I hope he loves the new one as much. It's such a great idea and he loves that it comes in his own backpack!