Our children, like many, love LEGO. (To the point where I must confess that our oldest son has a few chips out of his teeth from prying apart pieces in a concentrated excitement of building….) When we saw this idea of a friend’s son we asked if we could share it. I enjoyed the description that his mom sent with the photos of creation: “I find it SO interesting that it was likely the iPad games and puzzles he plays that influenced/inspired this idea. And that he is applying the “digital” ideas/rules/consequences to an “analog” game. Didn’t it used to be the other way around back in the day?” As parents we are always hopeful that there is a transfer of knowledge from the screen into a real life application and this was a good example of such. Our children quite liked this concept and built their own maze right away. We were very grateful for O. in sharing his idea and sent him a “maze like” game that we are learning and that my former students used to love. Have an idea? We would love for you to share it with us. Materials Building Blocks (LEGO, Duplo) Building Plate (for your base) Marble Directions On your building plate, create a maze. Depending on the age of your child, you can vary the complexity. This might include several routes to the end, dead ends etc. Put your marble in at your starting point and tip your plate to move it around the maze, trying to get it to the end point. O.’s mom told us that he included all sorts of details such as adding his little LEGO people and various accompanying rules (if your marble hits a person, back to the start…). Thus, you can see that this activity has amazing potential for personalization and inventiveness. Extensions: Why not create a maze for a friend? Or work on a maze collaboratively? Could you map out an idea on grid paper and then transfer it into building? How do your designs improve with each maze? What did you learn with each iteration? Purpose Developing spatial sense. Safety Notes Marbles and small building blocks can be a choking hazard and should not be accessible to children 0-3 or who tend to put things in their mouths. No one likes to step on LEGO or vacuum it up…be sure to clear your floor space (or use a table) when done! When our neighbourhood friends realized that our son had chipped his tooth (well maybe teeth…) on LEGO they brought by a handy separator tool made by LEGO. Such a great idea! Please like & share: Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.