Tuesday, February 12, 2013

geo boards made by the children

Just when I thought that we had used these tree cookies in every way conceivable at preschool, they come in handy for something else.

Weathered, cracked and broken they may well be, but they still have play value!  They make the perfect material for hammering nails - especially for novice 'hammerers' because of the softness of the wood.

Throw in some rubber bands, and tree cookie geo boards were born.
All sorts of interesting patterns emerged, and they even discovered that they could join the cookies together using the rubber bands.
Of course they are not geo boards in the true sense, but the children loved experimenting with the different ways they could use the nails and rubber bands - and of course there was the hammering. They always love the hammering!

For a different take on making geo boards in preschool, hop on over to Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning.

What has been happening at your woodwork / tinkering table lately?

I'm always on the look out for new ideas.


  1. What a great idea. I have all these tree stumps in my backyard that I had my tree cutter leave for me for my old portrait photography days and now you gave me a great idea for our summer camp kids and my grandchildren to do with them.

  2. love it!! thank you for the great idea...now we'll just have to wait for the snow to melt at the preschool so we can find all our stumps again ;)

  3. great idea!!! thanks! now we'll just have to wait for all the snow to melt at the preschool so we can find our stumps again. ;)

  4. This is such a cool idea! Having loads of tree stumps and bits of tree is one of the best things about having to buy fire wood... a never ending source of cool stuff to play with!

  5. Neat idea! I just posted last week how to make a geo board, but I like this idea.