The next time you find yourself with bored or cranky children, I have the perfect solution: Buttons!
A thrift-store friend brought me a bag of buttons he found for $1.50. Amazing! It held about 2 cups of buttons, maybe more. I should have weighed it.
At the same time, Daughter had a neighbor friend over to play for a while until her parents got home. This has happened just often enough lately that they were bored of playing the regular games and sort of wandering around.
“Girls, I have something for you to do.”
An hour-and-a-half later it was time for the neighbor to go home. I had a mostly sorted pile of buttons, and they had a really good time. Neighbor to Daughter, “Why do you have all the good stuff to do at your house?”