Two minutes dragging out old party cups from the cupboard. Five minutes sorting out pens and pencils from the jumble in the sideboard. Three minutes rooting out some paper and an unused storage box.
Ten minutes effort to create a "drawing station" has bought me *two whole hours* (count 'em) of peace and quiet, one last night, one this morning. And it's easy to clear up and takes little enough space that it can stay out full time.
I saw this idea on the Crafty Crow. I know it's not new, and it's what they do in schools, but it's new to us and long may it last! I wish I had a bright and sunny photo of this but that's just not what's happening here.