I bought these great multicolored magnet tiles for Aleks at the holidays that he had absolutely no interest in whatsoever, likely because they're open-ended play that is fair trade and sustainable and expensive. Of course. When assembled on the metal circle they come on, the pieces create a beautiful spiral of color. I got them down to try to tempt him from the computer where he's been glued. So he made a zombie on the fridge.
Later he made a vampire as well, and then Bastian came along and knocked all the magnets to the floor. Which was fitting.