Get the Ball Rolling
The Challenge: Can you create a twisty-turny maze using cardboard, straws, building blocks, and other materials you have around your home and successfully navigate a marble through it?
These are some examples of mazes you can make, but feel free to alter or make these designs your own with the materials you have available:
Straw/Modeling Clay/Craft Stick Marble Maze
For this marble maze you can use a base material of your choice (cardboard box, disposable baking sheet, paper plate, etc.) Next, choose what type of material(s) you would like for the walls of your maze. If using straws, craft sticks, or cardboard you will need to glue or tape them to your base. If using modeling clay, you can stick it directly to your base.
Building Block Marble Maze
For this maze you will need to use a building block base plate for the base, and building blocks for the walls. The advantage of this type of marble maze is that you can easily alter and rearrange your design.
Life Size Marble Run
This life-size marble run is a challenge that the whole family can collaborate on building together. You can use a peg board from a hardware store as the base for your run. Cardboard tubes, cut up foam pool noodles, cardboard, and other materials can be used as tracks to guide a large marble or ping pong ball through your run. Adhere these materials to the pegboard with wooden dowels cut into smaller pieces and tape.
Questions to Think About Afterwards
Explore more about the Marble Maze Challenge through these links to outside resources: