In the race to win the best toy on Christmas Day, my mom (Mimi) came in a surprising close second* with the Small World Living Toys Peel 'N' Play set. He loves it. All of the veggies are held together by Velcro, and a faux knife and cutting board are provided to split the veggies apart. It turns out this is a really fun activity.
*now you are probably wondering, “what was the winning gift this year?” It was the mini Kickboard scooter…which has to go everywhere we go on the weekends. He is so skilled at the little scooter, I'm a little concerned he's going to be doing tricks off of railings soon.
When my husband opened his gift, salad tongs, they were handed over to my son to go along with his veggie/salad set and the activity became even MORE fun. I grabbed a salad bowl and now he's a little chef.
In all seriousness, if you are looking for a time-occupying toy for your tot, which I have to assume every mother of a 2.5 year old is, this is a great one. It's available on Amazon.