In the summer preschool teachers have time to play with the geoboards. We had some random free cards with ideas for students to create with the boards but I really wanted some cards that went along with some of our themes to use this year with my students. I started out with ideas based upon some fall shapes.
I picked up my geoboards from the Green Valley Book Fair, but they have a set on Amazon (aff. link) as well.
I discovered that my daughter’s abandoned loom bands (aff. link) work great with the smaller geoboards. I tested my patterns with both loom bands and regular rubber bands. Sometimes the regular rubber bands are a bit large and need to be wrapped to one side of a loop to curve around. The loom bands obviously will not stretch all the way across the board.
In my examples that I have shown in this post, the apple is made with rubber bands for the apple portion and loom bands for the leaf and stem. I used rubber bands for the leaf and acorn. The rake is made with all loom bands. As you can see from the photos I place both portions of the rubber band on one side of a post to change directions for curves or points.
As with anything with small parts, I do not start using geoboards with rubber bands or loom bands until I am familiar with my students and know if any still put things in their mouths.