Last night I made macaroni and cheese with sausage for dinner. Yummy. But, I had a little "helper" that I need to keep busy while the pasta boiled. I didn't want her to get too interested in the hot pot while I was whisking together the rue and adding milk and cheese for the sauce.
I gave her a pot and poured in some dry noodles. A few stirring utensils and she was occupied for the full twenty to thirty minutes it took me to put dinner in the oven.
You can try this at home.