Hi friends! Last week I was doing some spring cleaning and came across a large unused Ikea shelf in the garage. I knew just what I wanted to do with the bright white wood…make a DIY geoboard! Geoboards are a great tool for exploring various mathematical concepts with different ages of kids. Even young preschoolers like my three-year-old twins enjoy stretching the rubber bands on the board while also engaging in counting, patterning, and making shapes- not to mention the obvious fine motor benefits!
Make a DIY Geoboard
You can purchase small geoboards like these pretty inexpensively. You can also make your own and customize it for your particular needs- I wanted a larger one that multiple children could work with at once, and with the pegs spaced farther apart because I knew that would be easier for my kiddos who don’t quite have the dexterity to use smaller rubber bands and pegs. Plus, I wanted to use what I already had in my house, so it worked out great.
Here’s what we used to make our version:
- Large white Ikea shelf (manufactured wood)- any large piece of wood would do!
- Colorful pushpins
- Rubber Mallet
To begin, I just measured my shelf and then marked where I wanted to place my pushpins with a ruler. I spaced my pins two inches apart in a grid pattern, and ended up using about 100 pushpins. I used a rubber mallet to gently tap in my pushpins- if I hit them too hard or off center the plastic would break and I would have to pry them out with pliers, so after doing that a couple of times I learned to be a little more gentle. Once the pushpins were in, they were impossible to pull out just with fingers, so I didn’t worry about adding any superglue. All in all the project took me about 30 minutes to complete and the twins have played with it every day since.
Other DIY Geoboards
The DIY geoboard is definitely not an original concept- here are some other versions to check out for inspiration if you want to make your own:
Teach Preschool made personal-sized geoboards from scrap wood and nails.
Fairydust Teaching has a natural geoboard that has me drooling.
Babble Dabble Do made constellation geoboards for teaching astronomy that are out-of-this-world!
And Next Comes L has a must-see light bright geoboard- soooooo cool!
Crayonbox Chronicles made an awesome geoboard for her little guy using nuts and screws that I’d love to try out some day.
Let your kiddos make their own geoboards using simple materials like An Everyday Story did!
The Artful Parent has a post on geoboard art that is super inspirational.
You HAVE to check out these geoboard trees from Fun-A-Day. So creative!
I love how Mom.Run.Craft made a car maze with her geoboard.
We’ve been having a blast with our geoboard- in the photo above the twins were adding Spielgaben shapes to their creations to make a “kingdom.” I just love their imaginations. Do you have kiddos that love geoboards? Share a photo on our Facebook page- I’d love to see what you are doing with yours!