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Mini Mazes

Welcome to the Mini Mazes program, here you will find lots of fun maze facts, instructions on how to create your own mini maze, and how to make an outdoor maze for your family. You can pick and choose which activities you try from this page based on the supplies you have available at home.

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Try a Fun Maze Activity from the TD Summer Reading Club

Fun Maze Facts on the Web

Watch on YouTube: Get Lost with the World's Master Maze Maker Adrian Fisher

Links to More Information on Mazes

Make a Mini Maze

Are you ready to create your own mini maze?

Here's what you're going to need:

  • A paper plate or shoebox lid
  • Markers, crayons, or pencil crayons to decorate your maze
  • Tape or glue
  • Scissors
  • Paper (any kind works)
  • A marble       
  1. Take your paper plate or shoebox lid and think about what you would like your maze to look like. You might find it helpful to draw your maze on a piece of paper first.
    • Some of the things you can add to your maze include tunnels for your marble to go through, obstacles that you need to navigate around, arrows that show your marble where to go, and paths for your marble to take.
  2. Once you’ve planned your maze it’s time to start constructing. Cut pieces of paper and tape or glue them into your maze to construct paths, tunnels and obstacles.
  3. Use markers, crayons, or pencil crayons to decorate your maze. Don’t forget to add start and finish lines.
  4. Once your maze is finished it’s time to try it out. Put your marble in the maze and see if you can roll it from start to finish. How did it go? If you want you can always make changes to your maze to make it harder or easier.

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Create an Outdoor Maze With Chalk

For this craft project you’ll need a concrete space outside (like a driveway or sidewalk) and some sidewalk chalk.

  1. Take a look at the space you’re working with and think about what you want your maze to look like. Is your space big or small? Do you want your maze to be easy or hard? You might find it helpful to draw your maze on a piece of paper first. Just remember to include a starting spot and an ending spot in your maze.
  2. After planning your maze, grab your chalk and start drawing on the ground. Don’t worry if it doesn’t turn out exactly as you planned, there’s no wrong way to make a maze.
  3. Once you’ve finishing drawing your maze it’s ready for you to try out! You can also ask your family members to try and solve the maze; see who can make it through the fastest.

Links to Fun Online Mazes

Check out these mystery and maze eBooks, available on Overdrive.

The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan
The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan
The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein
Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
Thea Stilton and the Missing Myth by Thea Stilton

Request these maze and puzzle books from the Library Catalogue

Clay quests maze magic
Map mazes by Sam Smith
Beastly puzzles : a brain-boggling animal guessing game by Rachel Poliquin
What in the world? : fun-tastic photo puzzles for curious minds National Geographic kids
Seek and find cities : a globetrotting adventure by Kate Baker
Bucketloads of friends : a look and find book by Mia Cassany
Map & maze puzzles by Sarah Dixon
Greek Myths : Meet the Heroes and Heroines, Monsters and Gods of Ancient Greece.
Xtreme illusions 2 by Gianni A. Sarcone
DK optical illusions
Weird but true! Know-it-all. Greek mythology by National Geographic kids.
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