When you have a lazy afternoon free and you’re not sure how to keep those kids occupied, set your children a maze challenge. Building a stick maze may be hard but it will test them, make them think and they’ll be so thrilled when they finally accomplish it.
It’s going to be my go-to ‘I’m bored’ activity because it kept the kids busy all afternoon and they loved it, as you’ll see by the video below!
Materials for the stick maze
- Paper and pen (for the maze planning)
- Lots and lots of long sticks and branches
How to build a stick maze
Watch the video below. We had SO. MUCH. FUN!
- Ask your children to draw their own maze. Basic is better.
- Collect a heap of sticks and branches from around your house. You could even use grass clippings or leaves!
- Ask your children to make the maze out of sticks, using the map they made and the materials you all collected.
- Nominate a leader to help direct where to put the sticks and materials. It’s fine to swap the leader over throughout the activity so that everybody gets a turn.
- Trial and error. If they make the outside of the square too small, they may have to change their plan, and let them know that’s totally okay. Builders have to change their plans all the time too!
- Once it’s complete, they’ll really enjoy running through the stick maze together.
More fun? Blindfold yourself and ask your children to navigate you through the maze with their voices. You’re not allowed to touch a stick. *grin*
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Make sure you save this post for those lazy days when the kids are telling you they have nothing to do. Building a stick maze using branches is so much fun. Extend the activity by seeing if they can make a maze using leaves or grass cuttings next. It will help to keep them occupied! *wink*
Want more stick activities? Here’s 20 more ways to play with sticks.