I love the geoboard. It still baffles my mind that such a simple creation can be so educational and open-ended.
A geoboard is basically a board with pegs. Nothing fancy. It is typically used with elastic bands. According to Wikipedia, it was invented as a Math manipulative to learn about concepts in plane geometry.
While it is not a Montessori material in and of itself, I think it is a great tool to help a child explore, consolidate and expand beyond his learning.
I’ve started looking around for some DIY geoboard ideas and found some pretty awesome ones out there. Here are some ideas that really inspired me. As you can see, you can use almost anything from scrap wood to foam board, from nails to nuts and bolts and various loose parts!
1. Scrap wood and nails // Little Bins for Little Hands
2. Scrap wood and push pins // Two-Daloo
3. Natural wood slab and nails // How We Montessori
4. Natural wood stump and nails, outdoors // Carrots Are Orange
5. Foam board and map pins // Babble Dabble Do
6. Cork board and push pins // Colorful Tangrams
7. Styrofoam and various loose parts, open ended // Picklebums
8. Trivets and push pins, open ended // An Everyday Story
9. Pegboard and nuts and bolts // Crayon Box Chronicles
10. DIY pegboard and light pegs // And Next Comes L
I haven’t decided which I’m going to do yet, but I love all the options I see.