How to make a simply amazing maze for play

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on March 2, 2013

in Amazing Box Mazes, DIY, Marble Mazes

Over the next few days, we want to share with you some of the fun ideas we have been exploring with mazes. But before we do, let’s start with a simple tutorial on how to make an amazing maze for play…

Simply amazing mazes for play by Teach Preschool

To make this amazing maze, you will need a large shallow box, some milkshake straws, and a glue gun.  Milkshake straws are a little bigger and stronger than regular straws and can be purchased online through Amazon or I also found some at Staples office supply and at Meijer’s department store.

Simply amazing mazes for play by Teach Preschool

To make the maze, cut your straws into different lengths and then position them where you think they should go on inside the box. You may wish to pencil in an outline of your maze before gluing down the straws so that you are sure your pattern of straws will end the way you hope they will. However, Mrs. Courtney just used her best judgement while making our maze and we were quite happy with the results…

Simply amazing mazes for play by Teach Preschool

Use a hot glue gun to hold the straws in place inside your box…

Simply amazing mazes for play by Teach Preschool

Press and hold each straw on the hot glue for a few seconds then move onto the next straw until you have all your straws firmly glued inside the box…

Simply amazing mazes for play by Teach Preschool

Once you have all your straws glued down, then it is time to play! Check back tomorrow and we will share with you how our entire class explored some amazing play with our cardboard box maze…

Simply amazing mazes for play by Teach Preschool

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Links to Grow On

Lego Mazes by De Tout Et De Rien (Everything and Nothing)

Straw Box Lid Maze by Chasing Cheerios

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1 Shaunna @ Fantastic Fun and Learning March 2, 2013 at 7:45 am

I grabbed a bag of straws at the store this week for no reason. I must have known something fun was coming! Going to give this a try soon.

2 deb March 2, 2013 at 8:16 am

When I first saw this photo on FB, I thought it was on a floor using swimming “noodles” cut into various lengths! ( Of which I have many, purchased on sale last fall!) It made think of a making a huge obstacle course with them! This is a very neat idea with the straws and I am excited to try it. Thank you!
p.s. I would love ideas for those noodles! :)

3 Momma Jorje March 3, 2013 at 10:03 am

I loved drawing mazes as a kid. This one is so PRETTY with all those colors!

4 Karen March 12, 2013 at 2:02 pm

What a beautiful idea! Much prettier than mine!
http://otinpublicschools.blogspot.com/2012/01/fine-motor-obstacle-course.html

Enjoying your salt maze, too. K.

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