DIY Geoboard with Fabric Loops

DIY Geoboard with Fabric Loops by Crayon Box Chronicles

Trapezoids, squares, and right triangles, oh my! We love finding interesting ways to learn shapes and colors.  Our DIY geoboard is durable, educational, and sets-up in a snap! This project has been a long-time coming for me, probably two years.  I wanted to wait until C was three and had a basic understanding of shapes and could handle smaller objects.  He’s fanatical about shapes and colors, so I knew he’d gravitate to it! Boy, ow-boy was I right – he loves it! As a child, my favorite toy was a geoboard, so I think I’m just as excited! Do you ever find yourself playing with your kids toys?

DIY Geoboard with Fabric Loops by Crayon Box Chronicles

What is a geoboard?

A geoboard is a manipulative tool used to explore basic concepts in geometry such as shapes, angles, measurement, area, and perimeter.  Plus, they’re just plain old fun! Developing early mathematical skills will help children with problem solving, critical thinking, and learning spacial awareness. Geoboards challenge fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

To create our simple DIY geoboard, you’ll need the following materials:

  • Pegboard
  • (2) Flat Screws, 1/4 in – 20 x 1 in, 50 pack
  • Nuts, 1/4 in – 20, 100 pack
  • Fabric Loops

DIY Geoboard with Fabric Loops by Crayon Box Chronicles

We purchased our pegboard, screws, and nuts from Home Depot.  The peg board comes in 2′ x 4′ white panels ( 23-3/4 x 47-3/4).  Home Depot will cut it for free too! We cut in-half to equal 2 – 2′ x 2′ panels.  Save the other half for another fun project such as reorganizing your craft supplies, garage tools, or kids art supplies.

Remember fabric loops? I recall weaving them into bracelets as a kid.  They’re durable, soft and for us, safer without the SNAP! As he progresses, rubber bands will be a great option too. We purchased our fabric loops at Michaels, sorted them by color, and stored them in Ball half-pint, wide-mouth jars.

DIY Geoboard with Fabric Loops by Crayon Box Chronicles

To begin, insert the screw from the bottom of the pegboard through the holes and screw the nut on top of the board (white side).  Skip a row and repeat until finished.  We used 100 screws total, leaving 3-4 holes on top and bottom empty.  Be sure to securely fasten them and re-tighten frequently.  That’s it! Sort your loops and create!

DIY Geoboard with Fabric Loops by Crayon Box Chronicles

Before I could even finish adding the bolts, C began creating shapes! He yelled, “Mommy, I made a blue Triangle!” He continued, “It’s a red Trapezoid.”

DIY Geoboard with Fabric Loops by Crayon Box Chronicles

After letting him explore, I reverted his attention back to setting up the rest of the board.  I was pleasantly surprised at his excitement to assemble the blots and nuts.  “Twist, twist, twist Mommy” he replied! Love the fine motor boost!

DIY Geoboard with Fabric Loops by Crayon Box Chronicles

Once the board was complete, he immediately began creating shapes at different angles.  He really likes rectangles.

DIY Geoboard with Fabric Loops by Crayon Box Chronicles

While watching him explore shapes and angles, I noticed he created two overlapping trapezoids and unintentionally made a square! When he realized it, he was filled with excitement! It was amazing to see his reaction and all from a few bolts, nuts, and fabric loops! He continued creating shapes at different angles and within each other.

DIY Geoboard with Fabric Loops by Crayon Box Chronicles

For older children or your younger math-wiz, About.com Mathematics has challenging geoboard activities:

  • Show an equilateral triangle.
  • Show an isosceles triangle.
  • Show a scalene triangle.
  • Show a square with 5 square units.
  • Show a square with 10 square units.

DIY Geoboard with Fabric Loops by Crayon Box Chronicles

Geoboards hold a special place in my heart from my childhood, so we’re all equally excited to play with it! I would spend hours playing with mine a kid! Do you have any special childhood toys that you’ve introduced to your children?

DIY Geoboard w/loops by Crayon Box Chronicles

Here’s his first geoboard creation; he loves rectangles! He took all the fabric loops out of the mason jars, then back in, identifying each color.  Did I mention he’s fanatical about colors too?!  “Yellow loops Mommy!” “It’s a yellow right triangle,” he said.  After he finished playing, we hung it on the wall and closed up the jars!! He can easily open the jars and play at anytime! It’s removable too, so he can play either on the floor or wall!

DIY Geoboard with Fabric Loops by Crayon Box Chronicles

There’s so many ways creative ways to make and use a geoboard! Here’s a few awesome ones:

Be sure to poke around their blogs too, they’re wonderful!

DIY Geoboard with Fabric Loops by Crayon Box Chronicles

Always supervise your children during play, especially with possible loose parts and metal objects.  This activity is not age-appropraite for all children.  Please us your own discretion.

Heres’s a few of our favorite fine motor and learning activities:

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61 thoughts on “DIY Geoboard with Fabric Loops

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  12. My little ones would have so much fun helping assemble this geoboard, and I love the use of the fabric loops! Thanks so much for linking up to Discover & Explore. I’m featuring this post today.

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  14. Totally making this for my son at home. We are using our geoboards at school this week and have rubber bands breaking left and right. I’m going to get some of those fabric loops for school. So smart!

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  21. I homeschool my 4 kiddos, and some lucky kid is getting this for Christmas this year! I’m so excited that this doe not include the hurtful rubber bands. Now my toddler can play! Thank you so much!

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  22. Love it! You have some great ideas on your page :P I’ll be back for sure! P.S. did you know that the word “popular” is misspelled on the sidebar :P

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  28. I love using these in my classroom and have thought about using one at home with my littlies, now we can make and use one thanks to your tutorial :)

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  29. Such a creative/crafty activity great for maths and fine motor skills. I know what I will be making in the near future. Thank you for linking up to Tuesday Tots and just to let you know that I will be featuring this over on Rainy Day Mum this week.

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  30. What a cool idea. I’ve just pinned it so I can remember to make one for my 3 yr old. I think my 10 yr old son would love it too though. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  31. Wow! This is fantastic! And it came at a perfect time too, because I have been meaning to make a geoboard for my son (who is obsessed with geoboards, but doesn’t have one of his own yet). This idea is brilliant and I can’t wait to make one of our own! I have seen a couple DIY geoboards on the web, but this is by far my favourite!

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    • Thank you Kristan. You’re so kind! They’re so much fun! I think I like to play with it just as much, lol. My husband even got involved. I’m so happy you’re going to make one! Let me know how it goes and if it’s a hit! =)

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  32. Very cool. I love the size of your geoboard. And I like that you used fabric loops instead of rubber bands.

    Thanks for linking to my geoboard too!

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