The first time I got to know about the Geoboard was when I had started working as a teacher. It was a green plastic one with a few rubber bands. A senior colleague mentioned they are extremely helpful for preschoolers. This got me to research more on it. Now I recommend it to all parents of young children. If you have used Geoboard before then there are tips on how you can expand the activities. If you haven’t then see how we can use it.
What is a Geoboard?
Usually, It is a square board with pegs and it comes with plastic/rubber bands. The board can be in plastic or wood. It has a lot of pegs, drilled halfway in a grid. You then use rubber bands and wrap them on the pegs like so to create shapes and drawings.
But what is a Geoboard used for?
A Geoboard has many uses and applications for children and students of all ages!
It is a lovely activity to build a child’s intellectual as well as physical capabilities.
Not to mention, it’s an all-around fun time!
Benefits for Preschoolers who use Geoboard?
- For preschool children, you can use it to help them develop their fine motor skills. It is a muscle control activity.
- This activity involves them using their smaller muscles for finer and more intricate movements and tasks.
- Use a Geoboard to teach basic shapes, such as squares, triangles, rectangles, et cetera!
- Parents can use this to teach directional and positional words as well. for eg: Top, right, inside, left etc.
- Geoboard is a great introduction to pre-math, pre-language, and pre-writing because of the hand motions and visuals.
Uses of The Geoboard for primary school children
- Students aged 9-12 years can find a Geoboard useful in learning more shapes, polygons, quadrilaterals (Rhombus, Trapezium) and even symmetry!
- Geoboard also makes a great starter activity to introduce topics like areas and perimeters.
It is all so clear, right there in front of you. Your saviour is here haha!
If you are wondering, where will I buy it in my city?
Do not worry!
Here is where you can buy Geoboard
There are real versions of geoboards, yes,
but there are digital versions too!
If you do not have Amazon delivery in your city then
Download the Digital Geoboard (easily available on the web or phone and they are FREE)
They are very convenient, and you can use it anywhere.
Real talk about Digital Geoboard
This will develop the child’s accuracy with their fingers,
but a digital version will not help as much with the fine motor skills as the real one.
This is because your fingers are just moving. The muscles aren’t utilised as much for intricate movement.
Now the main question!
But why should we use a geoboard?
Just teach them normally with a blackboard, No!
Why should we implement this?
This teaching approach that utilises a geoboard is beneficial because it allows them to get up close and learn with their fingers!
I wrote a dedicated blog on why learning with fingers leaves a deeper impact. Tap to read.
Using fingers will enable children to remember it for long and understand it well. Especially for kinesthetic and visual learners, this is a very effective method.
This is not to say that the blackboard isn’t a good approach, it has its place and there is a reason it’s been around for so long and is still used.
But the thing is, that if something we can incorporate on the side to make learning more fun (Especially the fun part lol) and effective. Then it’s worth giving a chance.
As Benjamin Franklin said,
Tell me I Forget
teach me and I remember
Involve me and I learn
Because isn’t that the objective at the end of the day?
To bring awareness towards Geoboard we did a fun activity on our Instagram account.
Parents and children made designs on Geoboard (real and digital both) and shared their experiences with us.
Have a look at their designs
Would you like to participate in our next Geoboard activity?
Let us know in the comments below.