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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Preschool At Home: DIY Easy Homemade Geoboard Make Math Fun For Kids!


I've decided to start a new post category called Preschool at Home.
It's a chance to show and tell some of the handmade learning materials,
manipulatives, and activities I make for the girls.

We have a book case by the kitchen table with trays of activities, similar to a Montessori classroom.

I rotate the activities to mix things up.

The girls can help themselves to these games and activities.
Most can be done independently, Mini-Saurus still needs help doing some of them
but really enjoys exploring them on her own too!


I've seen these peg geoboards in Montessori/preschool supply catalogs.

Mini-Saurus helped me paint two wooden plaques we picked up in the craft aisle at Walmart.
She picked the shimmery pink color!

We made a grid on the wood with some of our leftover contact paper liner.
(I had to replace the paper under our kitchen sink last month
and knew the grid would come in handy!)

The pegs are just clear push pins.

UPDATE: So far the pins haven't come out (we've been playing with it for a week)
I was prepared to reinforce it with wood glue or super glue if they get wiggly.  
Project Note: I did tap a few of the tacks in with a hammer
(my fingers got sore pushing them all into the wood) and a couple of them chipped
so... I had to pull them out and replace them so there wouldn't be any sharp edges!


We've been using these big stretchy ponytail holders
(they remind me of the nylon loops you use with one of those pot holder looms)
to make shapes...


and abstract designs!

15 comments:

Amy said...

LOVE THIS! I have been thinking of getting one of these for my kids, but I will definitely just be making our own now! Thanks for the idea. :)

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

very pretty - I love the butterfly in the first picture!

The Activity Mom said...

Very cool! Do the pins ever come out of the board?

Val in the Rose Garden said...

Oh that is a fun idea! My toddler would love to play around with something like this. Thanks!

Val

TMCPhoto said...

that's going on my to do list for the next few weeks. My peanut will love it as a project. Thanks for the new post catagory, Its nice to see what ideas there are that I can incorporate into our daily schedule.

Pink & Green Mama said...

So far the pins haven't come out (we've been playing with it for a week) I was prepared to reinforce it with wood glue or super glue if they get wiggly.

I did tap a few of the tacks in with a hammer (my fingers got sore pushing them all into the wood) and a couple of them chipped so I had to pull them out an replace them so there wouldn't be any sharp edges!

-MaryLea (pink and green mama)

Amy said...

Hello! I wanted to pass along a blog award because I am loving all your creative ideas. My site is http://www.simplemessyfun.com/2009/10/new-award.html if you want to check out the award. Thank you again for all the creative ideas you share!

Michelle at Her Cup Overfloweth said...

have I mentioned how much I love you blog?@ LOVE IT! Love this idea! so doing it with my kidlets! aDn I look forward to the "preschool at home" links!

Bridgett said...

Seriously...you have to be THE most creative momma in the whole world!

Amazing stuff.

)O(
boo

SmartPumpkin'sMom said...

I'm complaining to everybody that I can't get to the craft store(not enough hours in a day) because I have seen so many cool ideas to do with kids. Now this is on my list as well.
Thanks. ;)

Mama King said...

I would love to read more about your Preschool activities. You have the greatest ideas.

teachmama said...

very, very fun! Love it and will store this away for the wintertime!

Christy said...

Cute, I'll have to try this!

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