Recycled Crayons Easy Geoboard STEAM Activity for Kids

This fun STEAM activity is a perfect way to upcycle worn and broken crayons. If you have a supply of broken or well-used crayons in your craft supplies, this simple STEAM activity will help you put many of them to good use!

geoboard using crayons and colorful elastics kids steam activity

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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. But 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 upcycled some old crayons to make a geoboard.

Engage math skills, fine motor skills and creative skills with this simple geoboard activity!


foam base with crayons and elastics for geoboard

Supplies you need to make a geoboard
  • foam packaging 
  • crayons


How to make the geoboard

 diy geoboard with ruler and pins for preschool activity

1. Make a grid on the foam base to determine where the crayons will be placed. This does not have to be exact.

  • We used sewing pins to mark 2 inch (5 cm) space between the crayons.
  • The foam for the base is 1-3/4 inches (4.5 cm) deep.


2. Insert a sharp pencil into the spot marked by the pin. This will make it easier for kids to help insert the crayons.

geoboard with crayons and elastics preschool activity

3. Break a piece off the end of each crayon so you have a crayon with a length similar to the thickness of the foam base.

  • The crayons work best as pegs if the exposed part of the crayon is not too long.

4. Stretch elastics around the crayons. Make basic shapes such as a triangle and a square! 

  • The colorful covered hair elastics work well for this activity.


A geoboard is a fun way to engage fine motor skills and practice math skills. 

Kids can explore shapes, make patterns with the different colors of elastics, and create designs on the geoboard.

This is a great opportunity to integrate STEAM into your daily learning activities!


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