For the cool whip container, just stab/cut five or so holes in the top . . . like so:
Then fill that puppy with those soft furry balls that you can get at any old craft store.
Now, dump out the balls and let the little one shove them back in through the holes.
Hours of entertainment I tell you.
And as if it could get any better . . . they are actually learning skills while they do it.
Disclaimer: make sure your child is old enough to know not to put the balls in his/her mouth.
For the wipes container, I just tied a bunch of different fabrics together in little strips and filled the tub.
Again, hours of entertainment pulling the strips out and then putting them back in.
All. by. themselves.
They have such a look of accomplishment once they get it.
There you have it . . . easy ways to entertain.
Any other ideas? Send them my way.