My kids thought I was pretty great when I pulled out the masking tape and began creating roads that led to all their Little Peoples play sets. We rummaged up all the cars we could find, made road lines on the tape, and created a little town.
I'm telling you, they played for HOURS! Even better, their creative juices were flowing full force. My basic infrastructure was not sophisticated enough, so they made more roads, added a CVS and Walgreens store out of paper, and drew up a "Welcome to" town sign (of course, after I put the camera away)! Even some of the older kids thought it was fun enough to join in.
And for you moms who struggle to get dinner going while you've got a toddler strapped to your leg, this should do the trick! ; )