Finally I found something that captures Ian's attention for longer than 10 seconds! I made some moon sand for him to play in with spoons, cups, cars and anything else he found in the kitchen drawers. He played with it for at least 2 hours before I finally couldn't take the mess anymore and had to clean it up.
8 c flour
1c baby oil
I just made half the amount and it was still plenty for one child
This does get a little messy, at least it did at my house, but sometimes I'll take that if it means my little man is happy and enjoying himself. He kept running back to the kitchen to find more things to scoop the moon sand with.
It smells so good and very soft on your hands too!