I'm so glad I noticed this thread! My son is nearly 2.5 and if he becomes remotely bored, he asks for TV. I'm ready to put them at the curb on garbage day!
One of the things that gets me through cooking dinner, or kitchen clean up is letting him get naked in his old baby tub. I fill it with warm water and bubbles and he gets some of his float planes and boats. I give him kitchen accessories that dont hold water (funnel, strainer) so that there isn't water everywhere, although it does leave a lot of water around. I put a couple of towels around the ground where the tub is and then when he's done getting water everywhere, the towels that dry it up leave a great clean spot! Its like half of my floor is clean and I didn't have to do much!
This idea has probably already been posted, or something similar, but it was fun sharing my little story anyway!