Magnetic Travel Tanagrams Tutorial

July 5, 2013Allison Murray

Magnetic Travel Tanagrams Tutorial and Freebie at www.dreamalittlebigger.com

In the coming weeks I’ll be travelling with my nephews and parents around Texas, up through New Mexico and back home to Oklahoma. And since I absolutely cannot stand the sound of the little handheld video games the boys will surely bring with them, I’m finding alternative, quiet play options for them!

So I bought each kid a little 97 cent cookie sheet from Wal-Mart and now I’m making some magnetic games to stick to their sheets and hopefully keep them busy and myself sane.

Now tanagrams are an amazing little game even though when I’ve tried to explain them to numerous people lately I get a blan stare. What? A tin uh grim? What’s that?

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If you’ve not seen these guys before they’re little shapes that come together to make a square. You can also make all sorts of things and shapes with them, like a puzzle. You can always freestyle it, too. And just in case freestyling it isn’t on the agenda for the boys, I made a printable with just over a dozen shapes for them to recreate including a man on a horse, a bunny rabbit, boat, swan, lots of fun stuff. You can download the PDF to print here.

Magnetic Travel Tanagrams Tutorial and Freebie at www.dreamalittlebigger.comMagnetic Travel Tanagrams Tutorial and Freebie at www.dreamalittlebigger.comMagnetic Travel Tanagrams Tutorial and Freebie at www.dreamalittlebigger.com

 

For this project you will need: 

Magnetic Travel Tanagrams Tutorial and Freebie at www.dreamalittlebigger.com

Take your paper and trim to 8.5 x 11 inches so that it will run through your printer. Print the PDF onto your paper. 

Magnetic Travel Tanagrams Tutorial and Freebie at www.dreamalittlebigger.com

Here I printed on both the back and the front, but you’ll want to print only on the back side, leaving the pretty front side unmarked. If you don’t have a lot of your paper you’re using, you might want to run a blank piece of printer paper to make sure you’re feeding your paper correctly (oops!)

Magnetic Travel Tanagrams Tutorial and Freebie at www.dreamalittlebigger.com

Use your paper trimmer to cut along the lines as best you can.

Magnetic Travel Tanagrams Tutorial and Freebie at www.dreamalittlebigger.com

Peel the protective piece of paper away from your magnetic sheet and stick your cut out shapes pretty side up onto the adhesive of the magnet.

Magnetic Travel Tanagrams Tutorial and Freebie at www.dreamalittlebigger.com

Using scissors trim as best as you can.

Magnetic Travel Tanagrams Tutorial and Freebie at www.dreamalittlebigger.com

I am predicting that these suckers are going to get pretty jacked up and I forsee little sharp as all get out fingernails scraping away the paper on the edges. To help prolong the life of these little tanagram bits I went over the front and edges of each piece with Mod Podge hardcoat 3 times.

Magnetic Travel Tanagrams Tutorial and Freebie at www.dreamalittlebigger.com

I used my handy dandy drying rack (which you can make with this DIY!) to keep the pieces from getting cat fur or something equally unpleasant stuck to them.

Magnetic Travel Tanagrams Tutorial and Freebie at www.dreamalittlebigger.com

After the last coat was good and dry, I put all of my pieces into a book and then put a box of pennies on top to get them nice and flat.

Magnetic Travel Tanagrams Tutorial and Freebie at www.dreamalittlebigger.com

And don’t forget to print your handy little guide. Just trim the sheets in half down the middle and staple in the corner and you’re all set!

Magnetic Travel Tanagrams Tutorial and Freebie at www.dreamalittlebigger.com

**Update: The tanagrams are a HUGE hit. So much so that we now have three sets to play with :)

 

Comments (6)

  • Midsommarflicka

    July 5, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Oh, I love tangrams so much!
    I got a set from my mom for christmas a few years ago… Including a book, where you can't see the solution of each figure, so it's much harder to recreate them for me :)
    Magnets are definitely a fun idea for traveling!

    Love, Midsommarflicka

  • Allison Murray

    July 5, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    I think that the book being a bit more difficult would make it more challenging and a lot more fun. I may have to whip up a new book, Mid. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave yet another sweet comment. I appreciate you so much :)

  • Christa

    July 7, 2013 at 3:27 AM

    OMG!! I LOVE THESE!!!!! TY FOR SHARING!!!!

  • Allison Murray

    July 7, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Thanks so much, Christa! I love your enthusiasm :)

  • Amy Renea

    July 24, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    I love these SO MUCH Allison!!!

  • Allison Murray

    July 24, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Thanks, Amy! I'm sure that your little ones could make great use of a set! We have been going more towards the "winging it" end of the spectrum with the 6 year old but the 8 year old loves the puzzle aspect!

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