The lazy edition.
Find incredibly good toys, like these ones (I’ll find the link tomorrow), introduce them and then pick up your crochet and sit back.
I’m never going to spend hours in messy play and all that stuff; when it comes to toddlers I’m all for the least emotionally painful approach. Spend money 😉
Ido have a couple of slightly less tongue in cheek and more useful suggestions though. One is forget branded stuff; get blocks, shapes, jigsaws with chunky okay pieces, boxes, baskets, and things to roll and link.
The other is that even if you don’t do the full Montessori shelf and display thing, a cupboard like this one makes all the difference.
Any toy with bits and pieces to it needs to be ready to go. It won’t get used while scattered at the bottom of the toy box. This cupboard has all our puzzles and thinking toys in it, plus done things like a basket of conkers and pine cones. I change it round a bit to bring different things to the front. If he needs something new to do, I open the cupboard and let him find a couple of things. Then I close it again, so I don’t have a room full of mess to sort out.
There, proactive lax parenting 😆