Rubberbands and pegs give shape practice and help build muscles.
Today's Topic: Geoboards (Math)
Geoboards -- ours were purchased, but you could also make your own (links at the end of this post)
Rubberbands (variety of sizes and colors is good) OR weaving loops
Printed templates from Planet of the Apels (template 1) (template 2)
iPad with Geoboard app (optional)
When a line bends--a shape begins / Greene, Rhonda Gowler
What Kids Do:
Most of the kids started off by making "lines"
a fantastic geoboard app available for free from the Math Learning Center. It's also available on their website (you just use a mouse instead of your finger to manipulate the "bands").
Variations to try:You could try making your own geoboards. Here are a few links to tutorials:
corkboards + thumbtacks
pegboard + bolts + nuts
wood + nails
"travel" size with rubberband pouch
shoebox + thumbtacks
Related Apps: Geoboard by Math Learning Center (Fun note: One excited participant told me the week after this class that he'd gotten to play with the Geoboard multiple times that past week after I introduced it in class.)