A couple of fun activities we have done lately. The first set was a "think fast, need to get dinner made-baby underfoot" solution. Empty egg carton and a few dried beans did the trick. (Although next time I'll use less beans.) She did think it was fun to pretend to put them in her mouth and look at me for a reaction.
The second set is slicing bananas. This type of slicer I highly recommend. I was making banana bread but this could also be done simply for a snack. Notice she has her cheeks full! I did a shot from above so you can see al that is needed to prepare each activity.
We really do not need a lot of expensive toys that serve limited purpose and end up collecting dust in the garage. There are so many great things readily available in our homes.