Concentrating hard here!
I try to make sure the floor and table are clean before they play, that way I can recycle the oatmeal. For playing another day, not eating. The kids do eat it while they play so I make sure they have water to. Each kids gets a baking pan and measuring cups, spoons, and little toys to play with as well. Then they play. Yeah, they make a mess, but the vacuum sucks it all up. It keeps them busy for so long, it is well worth the mess! It really only takes a few minutes to clean up!
P.s. I have no idea how or why this post is underlined and in a different color! I am really tired, but can't sleep!