You know when you stumble across an item when you are busily searching for something else and just LOVE it?!? Well, that was these little geoboards. I’ve had a huge piece of pegboard stored in my parent’s garage for ages now just waiting for me to make some geoboards but…well… you know, things get put aside.
But these translucent ones are wonderful. They are fairly small, just 10 knobs across, older kids might prefer something a bit bigger, but they are the perfect size for Jack (3.5yrs). Each board also came with a bunch of three differently sized coloured elastics. And even though the knobs are small, Jack’s been able to fit three elastics on one knob before they start to bounce off again.
‘Look Mummy, I made a rocket!’ ‘Look Mummy I made an ice-cream’. ‘Look Mummy!!!’
These little boards are also fabulous for Jack’s bilateral coordination; he has to use one hand, his helper hand, to hold the elastic and then stretch the elastic with his other hand. This stretching motion was a little challenging at first but he was so motivated by the pictures he could create, that he persevered.
Do you have a geoboard? Jack has been so engaged by this little translucent one on the light panel that I think I might just get my act together and make him a proper big one using the pegboard. I can see already, not just the therapy benefits (he is working on his pincer grip as well strengthening his hand and wrist muscles by pulling the elastic) but also his creative spatial thinking is really being challenged with just this one little board.
* We have an A2 sized light panel. I bought it here on sale. If you’re in Australia and thinking about a light panel, I would recommend this one. It is large enough for both Jack and Sarah to explore at the same time.