Sometimes I need saving from myself. I’m (fairly obviously) a huge proponent of making things yourself when you can. Pinterest, of course, feeds this by having endless tutorials saying things like “You too can easily make this cashmere shrug with only dryer lint and a bit of chewing gum!” It makes it hard to remember that making it yourself isn’t always the best approach.
This was one of those projects for me.
I’ve been wanting to make G a geoboard since last fall when I was still pregnant with R. For whatever reason, I just kept not getting around to it. But, lately I’ve been a bit on a roll with checking things off my to-do list and I finally got the initiative to do it. “This will be a quick, easy project” I thought to myself…because apparently I’d forgotten that nails don’t magically pop themselves into wood?
Now, I’m good at a lot of things, but hammering nails isn’t one of them. I inevitably smash my thumb or ricochet the nail across the room or both, simultaneously. A master carpenter I am not, so why I thought hammering 100 nails into a particle board square was going to be a good time is utterly beyond me.
But, there I was, with my square of board marked off into 1″ squares, my box of finishing nails, a tack hammer and a yoga mat to keep everything in place, pounding away, smashing my thumb and generally not particularly enjoying what I was doing. And as I hammered those first 10 nails, it occurred to me that, oh, I don’t have a monitor out here and the baby could wake up at any moment. And then it occurred to me that, huh, I’m spending my only free time today, while both boys are asleep, doing something that I don’t really like, that hurts my fingers and that, what do you want to bet, I can get for far cheaper than my time investment here.
So I put down my hammer and headed to the computer and did a quick search…and lo and behold, I found this geoboard for $4. …pretty sure I invested more than $4 worth of time just marking the spots I was going to put nails on my DIY version. Granted, it doesn’t have 100 pegs like my DIY version would have, but really, if I’m honest with myself, G probably isn’t going to get nearly as into a geoboard as I’m going to want him to, and 100 pegs is probably too many for a 3 year old anyhow. It doesn’t have the old school black wood with the metal pegs…but this way I also don’t have to worry about anybody getting clocked in the head with it, or putting out an eye on a nail. It’s a bit smaller, but that way it can go in the car.
I feel a bit like a cop-out that I’m buying a geoboard rather than making one, but it’s important to remember that your time has value too. Making things is grand, but only if you’re enjoying yourself!