The Golden Three Hours...
Ah yes, the golden three hours. I will NEVER forget it. (see note 'Oh Yay and rejoice..')
All I can say is that it was a combination of,... the children's telly programs on very low for an hour, noticing him getting bored with the children's shows, and so putting him out a few things to do on the table (earlier) and directing him there, then fortune smiled and he went from there and started an 'action figures' story with his small transformers and just seemed to get carried away, for ages, like an hour or more. Bliss!
I think it's all in the 'method of distraction' and planning the hopscotch of activities before you sit down to plough through work. My little blossom of joy is used to having me to 'play with' or to interact with, so without me giving him attention, he needs to know what else there is. He is very capable of getting 'into' a game he's made up, especially if there are available things for him to incorporate into his games. I leave a few cardboard rolls around from toilet rolls, kitchen paper rolls, etc., and a couple of emptly cardboard boxes from cereal and crackers so he can enjoy creating little 'vehicles' and 'buildings'. It's endless fun for him as the textas (felt pens) and sticky tape (cello tape?) are left out for him too. He gets stuck in and 'invents' his world for his toys.