Sometimes the kids are just plain wild. And it's all I can do not to lose it, you know? In times like those, a bag of dried beans usually saves the day. All I have to do is open one of the dozens of bags of dried beans in my pantry and pour them into a shiny metal bowl. Then, I get out multiple muffin pans, measuring cups, spoons, etc... And oila - my two toddlers are occupied for a good hour - sometimes, two. And mommy doesn't have to lose it.