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 the 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 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, and 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!