DIY Marble Maze

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DIY Marble Maze

Can you escape the labyrinth? You and your family will love making mazes to navigate your marble through. You can make mazes out of everyday household items, like cardboard, construction paper, and even LEGO building blocks! Hold and tilt your maze to see who can complete it the fastest! Time yourself, make new obstacles, and rearrange your maze to change the challenge every time you explore. Little and big ones alike will find a way to make and navigate a maze that is sure to delight every time.

What You’ll Need:
  • Paper Plate (or another sturdy base, like cardboard)
  • Construction Paper
  • Scissors and Tape
  • Marble or Other Small Ball
  • Hot Glue and a Writing Utensil (only needed for steps 1 and 2; optional)
  • Alternative and Additional Materials: String, Straws, Craft Sticks, School or Craft Glue, and Markers
Tips and Tricks:
  • Some children may be able to hold their maze and tilt it back and forth to help their marble navigate. Others may prefer to push their marble through their maze with their hands. Encourage exploration of both methods, but let your child use whichever method works best for them. You may consider adding perimeter walls to the maze so that the marble doesn’t fall off as often.
     
  • Allow your children to build as much of their maze as possible. When they ask for assistance, ensure that it is for something that they truly can’t do before helping. Help as little as possible. If children need help placing obstacles in their maze, always ask them to tell you where the obstacle should go before you place it. If tracing with hot glue, trace their lines exactly and encourage them to problem solve if something doesn’t work.
     
  • Not all designing must begin with a drawing of what a child wants to build. Encourage them to formulate a plan through conversation but allow deviation from the plan as the build progresses; they’ll apply what they learn during the building as they are building!
     
  • While safety is our number one priority, at The DoSeum we allow children who are least 5 years old to use hot glue guns and utility knives under supervision. Review safety procedures with your children. Indicate where is it is safe to touch the hot glue gun and where it is not. Demonstrate tool holding and safe cutting practices. Allow children the chance to prove that they can safely use tools, stepping in as necessary. As always, you will make the final choice as to what is safe and appropriate for your children.
     
  • Allow children to build as much of their maze as possible. When they ask for assistance, ensure that it is for something that they truly can’t do before helping. Help as little as possible.

 

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TEKS

  • Social and Emotional Development: I.A.2, I.A.4, I.B.1.b, I.B.3.a, I.C.5
  • Language and Communication: II.A.2, II.B.3, II.D.1
  • Mathematics: V.A.1, V.A.5, V.C.1, V.C.2, V.C.3
  • Science: VI.A.1
  • Fine Arts: VIII.A.1
  • Physical Development and Health: IX.A.1,  IX.A.2, IX.B.1, IX.B.2
  • K: 110.2.b.1, 111.2.b.1.B, 116.6.a.2, 117.102.b.2.C
  • 1st: 110.3.b.1, 111.3.b.1.B, 112.12.b.2.A, 116.3.a.2, 117.105.b.2.C
  • 2nd: 110.4.b.1, 111.4.b.1.B, 111.4.b.9.A, 112.13.b.3.A, 117.108.b.2.C
  • 3rd: 110.5.b.1, 111.5.b.1.B, 116.5.b.2.B, 117.111.b.2.C
  • 4th: 110.6.b.1, 111.6.b.1.B, 111.6.b.6.A, 116.6.b.2.C 117.114.b.2.C
  • 5th: 110.7.b.1, 111.7.b.1.B, 117.117.b.2.C

For more information on TEKS that were applied to this activity, please visit the TEA website.   

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