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August 28, 2009

Make Your Own Geoboard

        
     
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Geoboards are a great tool for math. Plus they are fun for kids to play and explore with. While you could easily purchase a geoboard, why not have a bit of fun and make your own for a little less! So, after seeing the geoboard over at Spinner’s End Nursery, I was determined to make one {or two} for my kiddos.

Homemade Geoboard

I made mine a little bit different from the one linked above, but the concept is still the same. (I love that it is made of wood because the wood is a bit sturdier than the plastic geoboards I see most often!)

Supplies:

- a wooden board (I got mine from Michaels. It was sanded with beveled edges for about $2.)
- black spray paint
- hairbows (I got mine from the Dollar Store)
- lots of push pins (also from Dollar Store)
- graph paper
- pen/pencil
- hammer

Instructions:

First, I spray painted the wooden board. Then, I used a pencil and graph paper to mark off the grid template. I made mine about 1.5 inches apart. Next, I laid the grid onto the board.

I made two geoboards and things went much better the second time around. With the first one, I hammered down all the push pins leaving just a bit of room to tear the graph paper away before hammering the pins all the way down. I found this to be very tedious and time-consuming, because the paper kept ripping in very small pieces.

The second time around I took one push pin and pushed it in to mark all of the holes. I only pushed it in enough for me to see the little holes. Then, I took the graph paper off and found all the little holes and hammered push pins into them. It seemed to work much better this way.

All of the kids love playing with their new geoboards and they were so easy to make!

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15997579515125829560 Sherry

    That is great! Thanks for the post! I will be making that!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15632133395774757339 Sarah

    This is fantastic! Bookmarking it now…will need to remember next time go to Michael’s. Kids could take a piece of string and make a picture as well.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07003838612296045046 Holly

    Thanks for the idea!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15961561421180532049 Heather – CROQZine.com – Dollarstorecrafts.com

    My 3 year-old son just saw this on the screen and asked what is, and when I explained it, he said “Oh, we should get one of those, mom!”

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02315817169726795384 Mrs. Wright

    This is also going in my ‘stolen idea’ folder!! Thanks!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17893829005402169615 Michelle

    I love this!! I wanted to get one but now I am going to make Emily one like this. I love the bright colors of the hair bow elastics and we have plenty of those already! Thanks for sharing

  • http://planningwithkids.com/ PlanningQueen

    This is such a great idea. Looking forward to making them with my kids!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05540239844969629644 Mama to 3 Blessings

    I love this idea – my preschooler would love this. You have a very nice blog! :) Very informative!
    Nicole

  • http://alltheyneed.wordpress.com/2010/01/20/final-product/ Kelly

    This was an awesome post, I made one as a gift for my daughters friend, I made a 7 x 7 grid and used rubber bands, and it in no way is as cute as yours, but it was super fun to make. Thank you for all the great ideas you share with us – the less creative!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05962461597193761801 Nikki

    Wow, great idea. Thank you! My son will love making one of these.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03478311698479773376 Lori

    Love the geo-board! I have wanted to make one but couldn’t figure out in my mommy brain how to evenly space the pegs…your idea brilliant!

    Thanks for sharing

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01400052584679625385 Manda

    Sweeeet! Just what I was looking for! Way cuter than the paper-covered plywood tutorials!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17598515750069750970 Mari

    Thankx. I thought i was following, but gfc keeps knocking me offof follow for some reason lol. now off to plan geo board making.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02966952077458361170 ms t

    great idea, but since my nephew is only 2 i think i’m going to use wooden dowels & glue, instead of push pins — yes, it will take a bit more work on my part but i won’t have to worry about him playing with the sharp pins. i’m also going to start him off with shoe laces, instead of elastics, at least until he gets a bit older!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15137433181416707551 Mommy

    What a great idea I might have to take a trip to Michaels today!!
    I’m your newest follower I’d love a follow back @ http://myadventures-in-mommyland.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.ebeanbagsforkids.com/ Amy@ kids bean bag

    This idea is fantastic :) I’m gonna make one for my kid, thanks a lot.

  • http://www.ebeanbagsforkids.com/ Amy@ kids bean bag

    This idea is fantastic :) I’m gonna make one for my kid, thanks a lot.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02966952077458361170 ms t

    great idea, but since my nephew is only 2 i think i’m going to use wooden dowels & glue, instead of push pins — yes, it will take a bit more work on my part but i won’t have to worry about him playing with the sharp pins. i’m also going to start him off with shoe laces, instead of elastics, at least until he gets a bit older!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15961561421180532049 Heather – CROQZine.com – Dolla

    My 3 year-old son just saw this on the screen and asked what is, and when I explained it, he said “Oh, we should get one of those, mom!”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dawn-Baskin/1077213885 Dawn Baskin

    can you tell me about how big the board is? I think we might make this with our cub scout den.

  • http://www.mama-jenn.blogspot.com/ Mama Jenn

    Our board is about 9×11 inches. Hope that helps!

  • Monica

    This is wonderful! My seven-year-old daughter is thrilled at the prospect of making (and playing with) this board. Her favorite activities are painting and using the hammer—which there aren’t many occasions to do. :)

    I’ve also pinned this on Pinterest so that more people can find it!

  • http://www.mama-jenn.blogspot.com/ Mama Jenn

    Yep, making it can be as much fun or more than actually playing with it! :-) Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.facebook.com/melissacreech Melissa Ricketts Creech

    Can your kids pull the push pins out? that is what I would be afraid of. That’s what my 3 year old would try to do, I’m afraid.

  • http://www.mama-jenn.blogspot.com/ Mama Jenn

    No, my kids have not been able to pull the push pins out…though I am not sure if they have even tried to pull them out.

  • http://www.newbabygiftboxes.co.uk/ Lisa

    Wow, this reminds me of those nail art pictures from the 70′s. Simple idea and great fun.

  • Tami

    So cute!

    I’d love it if you shared this with the Fun Family Crafts audience.
    FFC is similar to Craftgawker but it only features kid friendly tutorials.

    Looking forward to seeing what fun crafts you submit!
    http://funfamilycrafts.com