In efforts to keep things interesting, I broke out 3 simple baby friendly kitchen items: a small wooden spoon, soft spatula, and a bowl with lid. Of course I had to carefully select them, making sure they were baby proof. These fit the bill. Baby played with them for nearly an hour and continues to seek them out from his toy basket over conventional toys. Go figure, wish I would have thought of it sooner! Give it a try, just make sure that play with these items is supervised.