#1 Toys, no matter how big, colorful, cuddly or loud, will inevitably lose their appeal in a couple of days or few weeks at most.
#2 Boxes are just as interesting.
This morning I had an inspired idea. I brought out one of our moving boxes and with a little imagination I made Bud a cardboard kitchen with a sink, dishwasher and a microwave. It was a real hit! He didn't mind at all that it was so crudely made. It kept him busy most of the afternoon. It was so amusing to watch him pretend to cook and wash dishes.