Travis loved making the magnets. You can purchase sheets of magnetic paper at the craft store with a sticky backing on the other side. We printed out and colored tangram shapes, and simply stuck these onto the sticky side.
Travis was fascinated with how it worked: where was the magnet? he wanted to know. How did the shapes stick?
Cut out your shapes (this was a lot of cutting for mama!) and transfer to the fridge.
At first Travis just played with them and made up his own designs.
For a challenge, print out a few tangram shapes and set your child loose. Bigger kids can work with just the outline; younger kids can rely on the answer code at the end of the pdf.
Now when I hear those whines of, “Is dinner ready yet?” I set him loose to solve a tangram at the fridge. Built-in kitchen entertainment!