TAKE ON THE CHALLENGE OF MAKING A DIY MARBLE MAZE: CREATE A CREATIVE LABRINTH
Do you need some marble maze ideas? We’ve got you covered. You can easily make a labyrinth for you and your family members to play with at home! Gather some simple household items and let’s get started. I love this activity, as it can be a game to keep at home for years. If you invest a little bit of time, you can use your final product over and over. Nothing like interactive learning at home. Encouraging young minds to develop through STEM. If you’re not familiar with STEM, it stands for; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. There is a multitude of ways to encourage your kids to learn through STEM!
Enjoy some family fun, as you each take turns attempting to navigate a marble through your new labyrinth! You can make your maze with anything from Lego to cardboard. I think this DIY project is not for the faint of heart, if you’re up for the challenge, take a leap with us! We will give you a step-by-step guide on how to go about your project. Remember, with big crafts like these it will take some time so set aside a rainy day, and let’s get started!
If you are making a marble maze for kids, keep in mind the difficulty in which you make it. Some mazes are just too hard for little kids and may lead to frustration. You want something that will still keep them challenged and engaged, but not too hard that it leads to a hissy fit!
How to build a marble maze!
Before you go right ahead, we will lay out some details for you to follow along. Such as what you will need and how to make it along the way.
What you will need
- Cardboard box (a pizza box works great!)
- Utility knife or scissors
- Craft sticks (these will be your walls, so try to find the wide kind)
- Hot glue gun
- A nickel or coin of similar size
Helpful things to keep in mind
- Your child will need to tilt and rotate the maze to get the marble to the finish line. If this game is too difficult, they can use their hands. You can add walls on the edges of the maze if needed, help from not losing the game prematurely.
- It’s nice to build the maze together. Alone this task is a little heavy on kiddos, so I recommend having a plan ahead of time. When they need assistance with the hot glue gun, this is a good time to intervene.
- Making the maze can be a problem-solving adventure for your kiddos. Allow them to go for it and help when they ask for it.
- Before you start laying down your glue and walls, try sketching with a pencil! Draw a tricksy plan of where the marble will need to travel and work from there.
How to build a cardboard maze
- First, take your pizza box and cut off the lid, readjust to make all four walls level. Tape into place if you need.
- Next, take your pencil and draw out where your maze will go.
- Now you need to make holes as obstacles. Take your nickel or coin and trace circles with a pencil. Don’t make too many, the more you make the harder your maze will be! Keep in mind that the marble needs to be able to pass the hole, so your wall cannot be too close to the hole.
- Next, take your utility knife and cut out your traced circles.
- Now it’s time for the maze walls! If you have little kiddos, do this step together. Place a layer of glue where you would like your wall to go and place your craft stick on top. You can cut your craft sticks in half to make endpoints in your maze.
- Build the walls step by step, so each time the glue has time to dry and you can make sure your mini labyrinth makes sense. You can test it out as you go along, to make sure the marble can go through.
- Make sure you let your glue dry! If you feel the need to decorate, go ahead and paint or color in with felt markers.
It’s not so hard to make your own marble maze! Follow our step-by-step guide to make yours today, remember you can use whichever household items you can get your hands on. For an easy first attempt, you can always use lego!