Recycled Crayons Easy Geoboard STEAM Activity for Kids
This fun STEAM activity is a perfect way to recycle crayons that are broken or worn. If you have a supply of well-used crayons in your craft supplies, this simple STEAM activity will help you put many of them to good use!
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Crayons are one of our favorite drawing and coloring tools for preschoolers. We prefer them to markers and colored pencils for many projects.
We especially love sharp, new crayons. So unless we have a crayon sharpener on hand, the worn ones generally get set aside.
In this activity we're excited to show you how we recycled crayons to make a geoboard.
This is a great opportunity to show how STEAM is integrated into your daily learning activities! STEAM strengthens creative and cognitive skills by supporting exploration and discovery across all disciplines of early learning in a single hands-on activity.
S.T.E.A.M. = Science + Technology + Engineering + Art + Math
How STEAM is applied in this activity:
Supplies you need to make a geoboard
- solid foam packaging
- covered hair elastics
How to make the geoboard
Make a grid on the foam base to determine where the crayons will be placed. We used a ruler to space the holes for the crayons but you don't have to be so exact.
- We used sewing pins to mark 2" (5 cm) space between the crayons.
- The foam for the base is 1.75" (4.5 cm) deep.
Insert a pencil tip into the spot marked by the pin. This will make the diameter of the hole similar to the size of a crayon.
Break a piece off the end of each crayon so you have a crayon with a length slightly less than the thickness of the foam base.
- The crayons work best as pegs if the exposed part of the crayon is not too long.
- The crayons should fit snugly in the hole in the foam.
How to use the geoboard
Stretch elastics around the crayons. Make basic shapes such as a triangle and a square! Make designs and patterns.
- The colorful covered hair elastics work well for this activity, and are gentle on kids fingers.
A geoboard is a fun way to engage fine motor skills and practice math skills.
Kids can explore shapes, sort the different colors of elastics, and create designs on the geoboard.
Other geoboards we love!
Pumpkin Geoboard Math Activity from Little Bins for Little Hands
Geoboard STEM Challenges from Playdough to Plato
CD Case Travel Geoboard from Left Brain Craft Brain
DIY Geoboard with a Twist from Powerful Mothering
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