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How to Make DIY Space Geoboards for Kids

by Catalina Gutierrez
August 30, 2021

Learn how to create DIY space geoboards for kids in 4 easy steps. A great activity to connect with study about space for kids.

Space geoboards are one of my favorite activities and one that we keep revisiting over and over again. My youngest son, Manolo was around 4 years old when we first tried it.

At the time, he was obsessed with space: the planets, the moon, black holes, satellites, constellations, astronauts––you name it. We read a number of books (over and over and over and OVER again). I’m sure you know how that goes!

One night, after reading through the Space Encyclopedia with my sons, the idea of geoboards hit me. It seemed like such a fun way to dig deeper into our space studies.

This is a fun project that involves a great process AND a really cool final piece to hang up.

child holding diy space geoboards _catalina gutierrez
Photo by Catalina Gutierrez

This activity provides a great opportunity to connect it with a book or a conversation about space.  

  • What is space?
  • What color is it?
  • How many planets do we know?
  • What is stardust like?
  • How big is the sun compared to the planets in our solar system or to the moon?
  • How far does a rocket travel to make it to space?

There are so many questions and so many different answers.

Space geoboards are a great way to spark kids’ imaginations and get them interested in translating their ideas into these geoboards.

Girl holding up diy space geoboards _catalina gutierrez
Photo by Catalina Gutierrez

How to Make DIY Space Geoboards

MATERIALS

Time needed: 1 hour.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Paint the cork round

    Start by painting the cork round black. You can mix in a little “stardust” (glitter) to the black paint to make it shiny.

  2. Create the pieces of your galaxy

    While the cork round dries, start working on the planets, moon, earth and anything you want to add to your Geo Board. Use markers on white paper or a white label sheet (these have a sticky side) for this.

  3. Add the pieces

    Cut out the pieces (planets, earth, moon etc) and glue them (or stick them if using a label sheet) to the now dry cork round.

    girl working on a space design_catalina gutierrez

    Add stars and round stickers too, if you have them.

  4. Create constellations!

    Next, form the constellations by adding push pins to your geoboard in any shape you like.

    Lastly, to finish your constellations, add the loom bands in the color of your preference. 

    creating space design on geoboard_catalina gutierrez

That’s it! This is such a super simple and super fun activity for kids!

Hang the finished DIY space geoboards on the wall or tape a beaded string to the back and hang!

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