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I had a lot of fun making this toy, it is quite time consuming, but the results are well worth it. I am very proud of how it turned out and that I didn’t injury myself while using the hammer.

You will need:


  • Piece of wood
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Elastic bands

I went with a piece of wood that was about 7x7in, but you can go with any shape or size. I didn’t want something overly big as I wanted to be able to put the geo-board into my bag and carry it around as a busy bag.


On your piece of wood measure out and mark your grid. I did 1cm apart, which did mean I had a lot of nails to hammer in and also it does mean that the gaps are rather small.

On each of your marks hammer in a nail. Make sure that you do it securely so that they nails won’t come out if pulled.

Now that the geo-board is ready, your little one can start creating pictures and patterns on it. I got a pack of about 100 elastic bands from Tiger for about £1, alternatively you could use loom bands.

You can make pictures

You can make pictures

Or you can make patterns

Or you can make patterns

EC and YC were very excited about using the geo-board and starting creating all sorts of wonderful patterns on it. As I had made the grid quite small we found it easier to use one of those hook things you use when making things with loom bands.


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Simple DIY geo board for fine motor skills and maths fun.