I needed something new and easy to make that would help my 3 year old with his hand-eye coordination – that is how these straw and paper plate mazes came to life.
My 3 year old is very interested in mazes at this time and he was getting bored with ones I kept printing. I decided to try something out with straws that we have cleaned and kept for reusing purposes.
What you will need:
- Paper plates
How to make it:
Cut up the straws in different lengths as they will be easier to “build” with. Get the kids to cut up the straws and it’s a whole new activity for them. They will also love that you included them.
Using a glue gun or school glue, randomly stick the pieces of straw onto a paper plate in a maze form. You can pencil it down to give you an idea. Use a marble to make sure your “path” isn’t too narrow.
Wait for your glue to dry and give it a go. Mazes are beneficial for little minds, not only because it improves hand-eye coordination and bilateral coordination, but it also teaches patience, persistence and it helps improve a child’s cognitive thought process.
To preserve your maze and to make sure the marble doesn’t get lost; put it in a resealable, transparent bag. Enjoy it TMM Family!