Kids’ Art with Geoboards (they’re not just for math!)

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Kids Art with Geoboards

My kids, and everyone else who has come over lately, have been LOVING these geoboards. They use the rubber bands to create shapes, lines, pictures, scenes, ART.

They like them because they are fun. Because the options are endless. Because creating with them is a challenge. And maybe because they had never created art with rubber bands before.

Kids Art with Geoboards

Maia holding a geoboard for Daphne and helping her get started

What is a geoboard?

I'm so glad you asked! Wikipedia defines a geoboard as:

A mathematical manipulative used to explore basic concepts in plane geometry such as perimeter, area and the characteristics of triangles and other polygons.

But don't let that limit you!

While Maia explored hexagons and parallelograms and Daphne explored triangles and lines, they also went beyond the basic math to explore the geoboards in a very creative way. Maia made flowers, trees, a cat, a table, a person, a lion, a house, and more. Daphne, at 2 1/2, stuck to the lines and triangles, but really enjoyed making them (I wasn't expecting her to use these at all).

Kids Art with Geoboards

I thought the flowers (stars, snowflakes?) that Maia made with the white rubber bands were pretty incredible.

I bought the geoboards about a month ago from Discount School Supply and they have seen use almost every day since. They're actually called geometric boards on the site (in case you try searching for them by name) and come in a six pack for $19.99. I wanted the boards, but didn't want to spend twenty bucks, so split an order of them with a friend. If you have four or more kids (or a classroom full of them!), you might want to get the whole set for yourself. Otherwise, talk a friend into going in on an order with you. Or save some to give as a gift.

Because they are so worth having!

Kids Art with Geoboards

A Tree with Grass made by Maia

I wasn't expecting them to be quite so popular (it was actually my friend who talked ME into splitting an order with her). I mostly thought they'd be, you know, educational. Good for Maia, but not my toddler. Good for learning about shapes and patterns and math, maybe, but not necessarily all that fun.

Kids Art with Geoboards

But I have been pleasantly surprised. Very much so.

I don't think I would ever have bought the geoboards if it weren't for my friend, but I am so glad we have them now.

Apparently you can also make them, by the way, if you don't want to spend the money and are feeling handy with a hammer and nails. Deborah Stewart has a tutorial for geoboards at Teach Preschool. You could even make one with triangular-spaced pegs and one with square-spaced pegs (the DSS boards are double-sided with triangles on one side and squares on the other). Or, heck, make them random and then just have fun with the rubber bands.

What do you think? Have you tried these?

By the way, I just linked up to a Making Math Meaningful blog hop at Rainbows Within Reach. So many good learning ideas in that post!

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  1. molly says

    I discovered my son (4) loved these at his preschool last year and picked up a couple for his birthday. They are super affordable. Also a lot of fun on a light table! I’m trying to think of other things to do with them too…..hmmm…….thanks for the post!

  2. molly says

    I got the clear ones…..the solids would be not quite as exciting on the light table….;p

  3. Amy Fields says

    We love geoboards at our school! They are creative, open ended, and it always amazes me what the kids come up with!

  4. Holly says

    I remember something similar from when I was in school, some 20 years ago. Pretty sure ours were of the nails on wood variety, but lots of fun! I need to make one for my son.

  5. says

    I made mine in about 10 minutes with some pegboard they cut up for me to my desired size at Home Depot, then some bolts and nuts. Super super easy.

  6. says

    Yep it’s super un-dangerous, and the holes are perfectly sized for (I think it’s) one-inch bolts. Tool-minded kids would love to help make one but good luck getting them to actually use the geoboard rather than just continually disassembling/reassembling!

  7. Renee says

    Perfect summer afternoon activity. My boys (9 & 5) and I made three of them from some scrap plywood, nails and extra paint. They couldn’t wait to play with them and did not want to take the time to paint theirs. 9yo used colored cord to make designs. 5yo used grocery produce rubber bands to make a sumo wrestling arena for his small action figures. They love the “all by myself” sense of accomplishment. I love everything else about them (the creative, imaginitive, fine motor skill, busy-ness, etc.) We will bring these with us camping and on car trips, as well as boredom busters all year long. Thanks for the idea and links.