Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Free Form Geoboard


I have been busy making some resources that my class of three and four year olds can use in the outdoor area at school. One idea that I came up with was a free form geoboard. Geoboards are usually a square board with pegs or nails that students attach rubber bands to. They are usually used in maths classes for older children to explore concepts such as angles, area and shape.
I thought my class could use the board at outdoor time to make shapes, patterns, numbers, letters and weave leaves and twigs though the elastic bands. It is a fabulous fine motor activity that promotes patience, problem solving, counting and creativity. 


I began with a simple painting of a snake and used natural coloured paints. 


I hammered nails at semi-regular intervals along the outline, down the middle and on some of the patterns.


I used natural coloured elastics but depending on your base picture, you could use brightly coloured elastics.




My own kids spent hours making patterns and shapes. I highly recommend having a go at making one. I am so inspired that I am going to make some more and try to sell them.


Let me know what you think.

16 comments:

  1. This is really beautiful, besides its creative use! Thanks for posting!

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  2. I think it is incredibly cool.

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  3. This is amazing idea! I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page today: https://www.facebook.com/LivingMontessoriNow

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  4. I really love it. What a wonderful idea

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  5. Can you please let me know if / when you have some for sale? I bet postage to the east coast will cost a bomb though

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  6. What a great idea!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

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  7. Wow, I just love your geoboard!! My preschool students enjoy using them, and I am going to have to try this out with them during the next school year. Already pinned. :)

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  9. I totally want to play with that! My kids would too! I'd love it if you'd link this up to the After School Linky Party on my blog right now (and every Monday): deceptivelyeducational.blogspot.com. I hope to see you there!

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  10. Gorgeous and very cool! Pinning this! Thanks for sharing with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday! I hope to see you again today! http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2013/07/eco-kids-tuesday.html

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  11. That is beautiful! I love this DIY Geoboard. So much more inviting than a regular square one. Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library!

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  12. I love the idea of using it to explore shapes and small objects! And it is such a beautiful finished product too!

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  13. Great idea. I'm pinning this for one day when I feel artistic. The snake is a good one to start with, I think I could handle it :)

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  14. This is amazing! Great idea!

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  15. I am SO glad you linked up to the After School Linky. I'm featuring this tomorrow. Stop by to check it out and share more of your great ideas!!

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