Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Make your own geoboard

I used to love playing with geoboards when I was a kid and I wanted to get a couple for the girls to play with in the classroom. If you follow my other blog you know that there is no way I am going to buy something if I think I can make it for a lot cheaper. Well, these geoboards were no exception. We had some scrap wood in the garage that I cut into squares. These are 11in. by 11in. but you could use any size you wish. (Could you imagine a giant one hanging on the wall!! How fun!). I started out by making vertical lines 1 inch apart and then did the same horizontally.

After all of the lines were drawn I hammered a nail into each cross section. On each one of these boards there are 100 nails (200 total!!) It may seem like a lot but I think I only spent around 30 minutes on the nails. If you are using really small nails and your not that great with a hammer you could always use a clothes pin to hold the nail in place and avoid smashing a finger.

Once all the nails were in, I took them outside and gave them two coats of red spray paint. This project took about two hours to complete (that includes drying time. It took only about 30 minutes for the paint to dry in this heat) and cost me nothing since I already had the supplies on hand. They turned out perfect and the girls love them.

I am sure that these will get a lot of use in our classroom.

I will be linking up to THESE fun parties. 
Be sure to check them out and get inspired.