I have one child, a 4 year old boy, and sometimes I feel like I'm living in a zoo too! But, hey, learning is messy! And you are so right. There really is a lot to learn, every day in every situation. When my son was that age, I'd frequently peel potatoes on the floor with him. He'd have his own cutting board, a spoon and a potato. Now that he's four he helps me peel with a butter knife, and he's the official food taster/ potato masher. He has so much fun, he doesn't even realize he's learning valuable skills!
Again, welcome to the area, and maybe you could bring your little one to a park day sometime soon.