We recently bought a wooden labyrinth. It’s one of those marble mazes where you tilt the top to move the marble through the maze.
There a lots of holes along the way and the idea is to not let the marble drop through. My five year old loved it – in theory. Unfortunately it was a little too challenging for him and he was becoming quite frustrated. When I suggested that we try to make one out of Lego (his greatest passion in life!) he was thrilled.
How to make a Lego marble maze:
To make a Lego marble maze all you need is a base board and lots of Lego bricks. It’s a pretty straightforward process but here are a few tips that we learned along the way while making ours.
* Start by placing a border of bricks around the perimeter of the board, leaving two openings – this will be your entry and exit points for the marble.
* Next, place your bricks on the base board in the formation of your maze but don’t actually press them into position until you are happy with your design. This will save you a whole lot of trouble if you are half way through and find that the pattern just isn’t working out.
* As you are creating the pathways for the marble, make sure that you are placing the Lego bricks wide enough apart for the marble to roll easily between them.
* We used all red bricks to make our marble maze but it would look great with mixed colours as well. It would also be fun to make patterns with two or three alternating colours (and pattern making is an early maths concept so you’d be adding some extra learning to the play as well).
My five year old absolutely loves the Lego marble maze and we had some fun races to see who could make the marble travel through the maze the fastest. It wasn’t long before the Lego mini figures came out and the dramatic play began. I love that this diy toy is so versatile.
What we learned:
* Fine motor skills
* Pattern making, sequencing, problem solving and planning
*Concepts of direction (left, right, up, down, forwards, backwards)
* Gross motor skills
* Language development and story telling skills (through imaginative play)
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