Quick and Easy Geo Board

Quick and Easy Geo Board

Earlier in the week I wanted a bit of 1-1 time with Mr H, so I set up this quick and easy geo-board activity for the older two to do. It was really simple to set up and kept them both entertained for a good hour.

this is a super quick and easy geo board using just three things - great for preschoolers and early maths developmentTo set this up you will need (affiliate links included):

I initially set the push pins up into a grid for the children, and demonstrated how to put the loom bands across. I pretty much left them up to it. It was fascinating to watch them do this. Miss E took a little while to get into a rhythm of being able to stretch the loom bands across but Mr D soon worked it out and was adding bands onto the various pins.

Quick and Easy Geo Board

Once each pin had a band on it he asked what else he could do. I asked him if he could see any shapes, and he spotted a square so we talked about how he could turn that into a triangle.

quick and easy geo board

He then created more squares and triangles. This was a really nice way to introduce ideas such as halving and then quartering as he worked out that by adding a band in the opposite direction he would have four triangles within each square.

quick and easy geo board

Miss E just created various shapes on her side of the board – she liked to add as many bands as she could around just two pins. They could both see the pins straining a little as the bands pulled them inwards, so it was a good way to remind them about the idea of forces that push and pull (we had been looking at bridges earlier in the day).

Once Miss E had tired Mr D set about taking all the pins out and placing them back in at random points and stretching the bands around them.

They both had great fun with this and I am sure we will be using this again soon.

 

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23 Comments

  1. Pat Burns
    30th November 2016 / 08:51

    That’s really good. Lots of learning opportunities there x

  2. 5th December 2016 / 08:56

    Very inexpensive and easy to do. Look at the design, that’s pretty cool – I’d even do this!

  3. 5th December 2016 / 15:04

    I love this idea, so easy to set up and creative! So many ways in which the children can play, and many opportunities for lessons to be taught. I also love that they can each have their own areas to work on, cuts down on the squabbling!

  4. 5th December 2016 / 15:52

    Oh wow this is really cool and perfect to make with kids on a rainy day – love it

    Laura x

  5. 5th December 2016 / 16:09

    This Geo board looks like a lot of fun, it would be perfect for my nieces and nephews!

  6. 5th December 2016 / 19:01

    This looks like so much fun, but it also looks very educational! I know I’ll be sending a few relatives with young kids this way!

  7. 5th December 2016 / 19:09

    This looks great, and a really simple yet effective way to entertain the kids x

  8. 5th December 2016 / 19:31

    I remember playing geo boards as a kid, it was a always fun and educational

  9. 5th December 2016 / 21:10

    That looks like fun and we have plenty of loom bands at home to do this too which is handy 😉

  10. 5th December 2016 / 21:14

    What a great, fun way to show kids the importance of shapes and fractions! We might try this at home..just need to find some loom bands 😉 x

  11. 6th December 2016 / 09:23

    Love this idea, really quick and easy to make as well x

  12. 6th December 2016 / 09:54

    What an easy way to have fun! I have a pinboard myself and will use this to entertain when kids come round now!

  13. Dannii
    6th December 2016 / 13:03

    I haven’t seen these before, but I think it’s something that my niece and nephew would love.

  14. 6th December 2016 / 13:52

    You have made this look so quick and easy, it looks really effective too x

  15. 6th December 2016 / 14:23

    What a great way to teach children something new while they don’t even know they are learning, just having fun.

  16. 6th December 2016 / 21:14

    What a brilliant idea this is! my son would love to do something like this

  17. 7th December 2016 / 14:05

    wow what an amazing idea! I am surely trying this with my little one! what a great way to build those motor skills and learn shapes and alphabets!

  18. nicol
    7th December 2016 / 22:31

    this is such a good idea! it’ll keep the young ones occupied for a long time

  19. 8th December 2016 / 07:17

    Never heard of doing this before – anything to keep the little ones entertained should always get a thumbs up

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