DIY Simple Geo Board
Fine Motor Skills and STEM Learning
Make our homemade Geo Board for fine motor skills practice and STEM learning! What is STEM, read all about it! This is a quick, easy, and inexpensive project. The result is an awesome and fun learning toy to use over and over again! We love making homemade toys like our Popsicle Stick Catapults and Lego Zip Line
Why a geo board for fine motor skills?
For the longest time, I have wanted to make Liam a geo board. We have explored a few at different children’s museums in the past, and I have always kept it in the back of my mind as a good project to make. These boards are awesome for creating art, exploring shapes, and developing visual skills. Did you know, they are also super for working on fine motor skills! You can’t make a shape until you can get the rubber bands around the nails! I knew this would be a challenge for Liam, but a good one to try. I have been searching for new and fun ways to help increase his fine motor skills since my old stand bys haven’t seemed like much fun lately!
How to make your very own geo board DIY style.
Not only am I constantly looking for new ways to help him develop his fine motor skills, I am also looking for highly affordable ways too! Since I never know what will work and what won’t, I like to use what we have and get a little creative. We definitely had wood, nails and a hammer. This is a piece of $2 wood from the craft store, but you might have an extra piece of wood left over from another project. It does not matter what shape the board is. We also had 1″ nails in the tool box. My wonderful husband measured and hammered for me the other day. Delegating is the best! He made roughly 1.5″ squares. I added a package of dollar store collared rubber bands.
How does a geo board work?
Look at those little fingers go to work. He is actually enjoying it, creating shapes, working hand muscles, developing spatial skills, and practicing fine motor skills. Quite an activity that didn’t take much to make and so little money to make!
We worked on making different shapes together and he called out shapes he was making. I was just pleased that he was so busy with the rubber bands and winding them around the nails. I know there are so many additional activities you can add to geo boards like creating more complex shapes, letters, pictures, etc. I was just pleased that he was interested in familiarizing himself with how it worked and worked hard to put all the rubber bands on in different ways.
A while ago we had made a guitar out of the same rubber bands and a loaf pan. He remembered that and tested out the rubber bands to see if they made music. Above he is strumming the bands. This led him to remove all the bands and make a “guitar”. Whatever works to keep on practicing those fine motor skills!
I did end up showing him the letter A on the geo board. He didn’t find it all that cool and wasn’t interested in try more, so I let him be. Again, he cleared off the geo board (mighty nice fine motor work too)! He actually engaged in some independent play at this point and put a whole new batch of rubber bands on without me sitting with him. He is holding up his finished board. This geo board for fine motor skills work was an easy and successful project for all of us. Can’t wait to try more with it another day!
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