Guest Blog: Make Your Own Giant Geoboard
By: Jessie Koller copyright 2011.
This blog post has been reprinted with express permission of the author as it appeared on her blog PlayCreateExplore
I had a small plastic Geoboard when I was a kid that I just loved to play with! I’ve been wanting to buy L one, but I just knew I could make one on my own!
Once again, the internet came to my “homemade how to” rescue.
I found the exact type of board I had envisioned for the kids HERE.
I bought wood PEGBOARD from Lowe’s which comes in HUGE sheets and had it cut into 2×2 squares. I only needed that one piece but you still have to buy the whole sheet (around $10.00) so I had the rest cut into 2×2 squares as well. Perhaps i’ll gift a few geoboards next Christmas!
I then asked for help finding some bolts and nuts that would fit.
I knew I wanted the bolt to stick up about 1 inch off of the board.
I ended up with the Machine brand Round Combo w/Nut. 10-24×1/M5.1×25.4 (to be exact)
I twisted them in every 3rd hole on the board, and secured it with the nut. The back of the board with the round bolt heads is pretty flat with no jagged edges that can be laid on carpet or your bed without snagging.
It became an instant hit and my 12 year old stepson loves to play with it too.
While the bolts aren’t sharp on the end, if younger children are playing with this, you’ll need to supervise. Falling on the board or even stepping on it could indeed cause pain or injury.
All together I spent about 20 dollars (because I had to buy the whole pegboard). It only took about 30 minutes to put together. For the size that I wanted, it really was worth it to make my own! The kids love it!
Featured Guest Blogger: Jessie Koller of Play Create Explore
(From the Author’s Blog) We are a southern family living in the beautiful Ozark mountains. My life and parenting style are constantly inspired by Art, Nature, Wonder, and Imagination. I have a 2 1/2 year old son “L,” another little boy on the way (due in August), and a 13 year old stepson, “J”. We are a low media household, and so instead of TV we spend most of our time outdoors and doing fun and creative activities. When the day is done and everyone is in bed, you’ll find me crafting or cooking to my hearts content! This blog is a place where I preserve the memories of our homemade happiness. I’m not a Facebooker, but if you’d like to contact me, my email is [email protected]
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