Well, here’s a unique post for you. If you join me on my Facebook page often (and if you don’t, please do! http://www.facebook.com/HowWeeLearn) you may know I have been wanting to make a Geo Board for my kids. Sometimes I will read far too much about a project, look at tons of gorgeous photos, and then feel overwhelmed and do nothing.
All this time spent thinking and planning a Geo Board, when the perfect thing was right under my nose (well, my toes).
I was in the shower (hmmm … getting too personal) thinking about daily things – “I still haven’t made that Geo Board … we need a new bathmat, this one has crummy suction cups … the suction cups would be good for fine motor skills for the boys … maybe we could put pom poms in them … no it’s probably too grimy … I could clean it … but I won’t …”
Anyways, a little while after this self-chat in the shower we did get a new bathmat (oh the stories I tell here, riveting).
Before we used it I thought we would do some playing. We did put pom poms in the suction cups and played a bit with that (which I plan to write about later). But then I realized, this bathmat could make a great Geo Board!
And it did.
The creation of this Geo Board was the easiest thing imaginable. I unrolled the bathmat and taped it to the ground.
Next, Sam used elastic bands to create tons of shapes and pictures on the bathmat. He simply wrapped the elastics around the suction cups.
All the while learning about thickness of elastics and stretchability, corners, sides, and shapes.
If this had been an activity I had really planned out I would have had different coloured elastics on hand. I know the pale elastics on the clear bathmat are tricky to see – but I hope the coolness comes through.
I had thought Sam would really enjoy a Geo Board – and he really does. He spent an entire hour creating pictures yesterday afternoon. And played with it again before bed.
One of the best parts is that it simply rolls up to store away. No big bulky wooden Geo Boards around here (thanks to procrastination).
As a side note, we still need a new bathmat for the shower.