Teach Shapes with a Creative GeoBoard

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Geoboards are a great tool to teach shapes to preschoolers.  They love to use elastics to make triangles and squares, rectangles and diamonds.  I saw a unique post about a free form style geoboard on Pinterest.

I had the opportunity to make use of some extra wood the other day and decided to try making my own creative geoboard.  I chose a long piece of wood so a few kids could use the board at the same time in my home daycare.

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The first step was to decorate the board.  We used markers because they were easy and eliminated any drying time.  The children and I had fun making up designs.

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The next step was to hammer some long nails into the board.  I chose ones which had large heads so the elastics wouldn’t slip off.  Make sure to hammer the nails so they are secure but have a large section exposed for the elastics.

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Traditional geo boards have nails or pegs in a uniform pattern.  Our creative geo board had nails that were not symmetrically spaced.  I thought this might be a problem when we formed our shapes but it worked out well.

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The children stretched the elastics to form many different sized shapes.

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I would suggest using colourful elastics if possible.  This would make it easier for the children to recognize the variety of shapes once there are many elastics covering the geoboard.

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After we were done making shapes I made a few simple letters for the children to identify.  Letter “L” and letter “T” were great starters!  I showed the kids how to pluck the taunt elastics to create a twang.  We finished off our geoboard fun with some music.

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I think this easy DIY toy will provide my daycare children with lots of creative fun on a rainy day.

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