From maps to mazes and amazing teamwork

by Courtney Floyd on March 3, 2013

in Along a Long Road, Children's Books, DIY, Marble Mazes, Uncategorized

Have you ever noticed the similarities between road maps and mazes?  We have been exploring the connection between the two in our preschool classroom…

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We began our day by reading the book Along a Long Road by Frank Viva.  This is a simple book with excellent illustrations.  The illustrations show a man on a bicycle while the text describes where the man is going:  up a hill, through a tunnel, over a bridge, etc…

From maps to mazes by Teach Preschool

While reading this book Deborah emphasized the directions, pointing her fingers along the yellow road to demonstrate.  The inside cover of the book showed a map.  We took a few minutes to look at the map and compared it to a maze, with several ways to reach a destination…

From maps to mazes by Teach Preschool

After reading our story, we got out our big cardboard box maze.  This maze was fun and easy to make out of a large cardboard box and strong plastic drinking straws.  You can read the tutorial for how to make a box maze like this one by clicking here

From maps to mazes by Teach Preschool

The children all gathered around the maze and we asked them all to hold on to a side of the box.  In our large group, we explored how the maze worked with a car…

From maps to mazes by Teach Preschool

The children worked on maneuvering the car through the maze, lifting it from one side to another to get the car to move.  We used directional words that we read about in our book, while working as a team to get the car to the end of the maze.  At the end of our maze, I used the straws to create small parking spaces to park the cars…

From maps to mazes by Teach Preschool

The children continued to explore our big cardboard box maze all morning.  We found that marbles were also fun to play with in the maze…

From maps to mazes by Teach Preschool

The use of our cardboard maze was a wonderful way to get the kids working together. It is quite challenging to get a marble or car from one end of the maze to the other when you have to work together. It requires talking to one another, collaborating with one another, going up and going down, and going side to side all at the same time…

From maps to mazes by Teach Preschool

The exploration of a maze in a box is wonderful way to promote a wide range of concepts from directional words and language to teamwork!…

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Links to grow on:

Making our own maps in preschool by Teach Preschool

Making a-maze-ing marble mazes by Teach Preschool

Preschooler activity: A big maze by Hands On: As We Grow

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1 Karen @ PreKinders.com March 3, 2013 at 1:14 pm

My class is fascinated with maps right now, so they would love that book! Cool activity.

2 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 4, 2013 at 9:09 am

I love the book, it lends itself to so many different possible ways for expanding into maps and directions and buildings…

3 Sarah Glassco March 5, 2013 at 7:58 pm

I like these activities! Simple but very hands on and active. We once did body mapping (internal organs and all) with paper cutouts similar to your classroom maps. The results were fascinating. Thank you for the helpful links. Sarah

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