Students just love making mazes! Of all kinds! Mazes present plenty of opportunities for problem-solving and in the end, you get to play with them!
Take a look at our mazes!
We have completed two different versions of mazes and both have been spectacular.
I just realized the other day that I have barely mentioned these on this little blog of mine!
So, here ya go!!
Mazes # 1
Our first maze challenge included using boxes, cardboard, paper, and tape. Kids had to draw a blueprint for the maze first! For some of them, this was tedious!
They wanted the drawing to be perfect! I did not expect this, but on the other hand, it is not surprising! Isn’t this exactly what an engineer would do!
The next step was to create the mazes. I gave the kids gift boxes to use as their base- simply because I had tons of these at home!
They bent cardboard and paper and used tape to make the paths of their mazes.
This ended up being quite an exercise in trial and error as they would make the paths too narrow or the walls too short. Many of them wanted to make the boxes more decorative so I let them use construction paper to line the boxes.
Then the most amazing thing happened!
I had one group ask if their maze could have a theme and that idea just took off. Soon we had all kinds of decorated and themed mazes. The one in the above picture had a volcano and trees!
I had not planned on this feature, but it gave the kids an opportunity to be even more creative. The best part was that some kids kept working on the actual maze while others in the group began to work on the decorative parts. It was a true team effort!
The group in the picture above wanted two boxes because their maze just got so big. Can you see in the center how they joined the two boxes together?
Mazes # 2
So, we tried a different kind of maze one day.
I once had a third grader that would sit all day and just draw mazes on paper. He’d bring them to me to solve. I would have preferred he, like, maybe, do his school work…..just sayin’
Anyway, the next maze challenge was to use only two supplies!
Straws and tape! This time I gave them a flat piece of heavyweight poster board and the kids actually drew their mazes on the board rather than graph paper.
You can see their pathways in the photos. The biggest problem we had with these was, again, that the kids would make the paths too narrow. We also found that sometimes the marble would jump over the walls of the maze.
In both events, the part we liked best was…..trading mazes with other groups and trying them! Have you ever tried a maze with your class?