DIY: I made my very own geoboards for preschool

After my husband made the sensory tables and the window easel, he had two left-over rectangular shaped pieces of plywood left over. They were the “holes” that were cut out of the sensory table. I decided to try my own hand at some construction and made my very own geoboards…

I sanded the rough edges first then painted the first side of both boards…

Then I flipped the boards over so I could add the nails. I used drywall nails because that is all my husband had handy. My husband is a home builder by trade but i noticed he hardly keeps any tools here at home. The hammer I found to use must be over 20 years old…

Before adding the nails, I used a pen to mark where the nails should go. I figured since the point of the geoboard is to make geometrical shapes, I should try to make the nails line up nicely. I really tried to do this using a ruler but in the end, I just guessed at where to put the nails until they all looked lined up to me…

The tricky part for me was making sure I didn’t hit the nails all the way through the board but still put the nails in far enough so they stayed firmly in place. In the end, I had a few poking through just a bit and had to turn the board over and hammer them back the other way….

I then painted the board and the nails all white. I wanted white so the colorful  rubber bands would show up nicely. I chose to paint the nails too because they looked better painted…

I am very proud of my carpentry skills here!

These are extra large rubber bands that you can get at most office supply stores. I purchased a set of large bands and a set of smaller rubber bands from staples…

The total cost for me was just the price of the rubber bands since the wood, paint, and nails were all left-over materials in my husband’s garage!

By |2011-07-23T06:00:58+00:00July 23rd, 2011|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Kristine July 23, 2011 at 10:29 am - Reply

    thanks for sharing! i recently found an 11×11 geoboard on amazon for only $3.49. See Shipping for this is free if you have amazon mom account, too! this also comes with a bag of rubber bands with 3 sizes.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 23, 2011 at 11:01 am - Reply

      That is a great link Kristine! I hope those who want a geoboard will check it out!

  2. Teresa July 23, 2011 at 10:37 am - Reply

    What a great way to use materials you have on hand. Awesome to see just how many different items you can make from supplies for one project. Just imagine the cost of all of these things from a catalog! I wish my husband (or me for that matter) had carpentry skills of any sort! Thanks for sharing your ideas 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 23, 2011 at 11:36 am - Reply

      It helps when you go into a project with an open mind and looking for other possibilities. I figured while I have all the paint and supplies out already, I should make good use of them:)

  3. mama roses July 23, 2011 at 10:57 am - Reply

    I had to come back to comment ! Your geoboards are great for all those ‘touch-feely’ hands that they will go through. Love the concept of DIY for these!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 23, 2011 at 10:59 am - Reply

      Thank you for coming back 🙂

  4. Leeanne A July 23, 2011 at 11:56 am - Reply

    *insert picture of me bowing down*
    Gotta love Deborah and her DIY projects – I can make these 🙂
    Thanks for sharing Deborah!!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 23, 2011 at 2:38 pm - Reply

      Haha – you make me smile Leeanne!

  5. I would Love these! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 23, 2011 at 2:38 pm - Reply

      Thanks for stopping by Melissa!

  6. Natty ed Elisa July 24, 2011 at 4:19 am - Reply

    Deborah Thank for this diy. You always have interesting ideas and practices. ( we use google translator, our english is terrible 🙂 ciao ciao

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 24, 2011 at 9:00 am - Reply

      So nice that we have the translator!

  7. Gianne July 28, 2011 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    I wanted to let you know that I mentioned you in a recent post about mud. Thanks for the continued inspiraton!!! Gianne at

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 28, 2011 at 11:58 pm - Reply

      Haha – I always wanted to be mentioned with mud:)

  8. Jordan August 27, 2011 at 5:55 am - Reply

    I like your idea, I LOVED your light box…just a suggestion for your next geoboard try using wooden dowels or the little rounded pegs they sell by the bag at hobby lobby. I don’t know exactly what they call them, but I saw them in the same aisle with the wooden clothespins. Great idea!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 28, 2011 at 12:00 am - Reply

      Thanks for the tip Jordan!

  9. Jill Smith October 2, 2011 at 7:51 am - Reply

    Any thoughts on how to make a drying rack for paintings and art work? They are so pricey I like the table top kind because That is what I have space for in my classroom.

Leave A Comment

This site uses 'cookies' to give you the best, most relevant experience. Using the website means you're OK with this. Ok