One of our favorite things is our magnet board. But we usually use it propped up against the wall or a table - a vertical surface for creating.
But recently we used it in a different configuration - the oil drip pan was on a table so we had a flat horizontal surface for creating.
The kids seemed to use the magnet shapes a little differently. They experimented with designs in a different way.
Sometimes just a little change in the way we use something can stimulate different thinking.
(Now I think I need to make Deborah's slinky magnets for our magnet table!)