DIY VELCRO MARBLE MAZE

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I have been making homemade marble mazes in one form or another since I was 10 years old. When I was in fifth grade our teacher thought it would be a great engineering project to give us scrap paper with the instructions to make a marble maze. As students we were thrilled with the time given to “have fun” rather than study at our desk. We were not really aware of all the lessons that making mazes gave us.

DIY Velcro Maze

This DIY Velcro Marble Maze will not only entertain the kids it will also have them learning concepts such as cause and effect, physics, spatial awareness and more!

First, a note about safety: We made a marble maze because the children who would be using the maze no longer put objects in their mouths. For children who may decide to explore the marbles with their mouth use larger balls like super balls.

Materials:

All you need is some cardboard rolls, a few boxes, marbles or balls, a large piece of cardboard and some velcro. We covered the cardboard rolls with duct tape to make them more durable but it is not necessary.

Instructions:

  • We covered the cardboard rolls with duct tape to make the tubes more durable, but this step is optional.
  • Cut holes in the sides of the cardboard rolls. Vary where you place the holes. Make sure that the holes will be large enough for whatever balls, marbles or beads that you plan on using.
  • Adhere velcro to the large piece of cardboard. Place the first pieces along the top edge and then place additional pieces of velcro in horizontal lines 3″ apart all the way down the length of the cardboard.
  • Adhere velcro on the cardboard tubes on the side you want to be the back of the tube. Put the velcro pieces 3″ apart so they can match the velcro that you put on the large piece of cardboard.
  • Adhere velcro onto the boxes. Use the boxes as ball catchers at the bottom of the maze.

That’s it, your DIY Velcro Marble Maze is ready for the kids to play with and enjoy!

Extending the activity:

  • We put numbers and pictures on the sides of the boxes and made a variety of games. Number correspondence: Have the kids move the tubes around so they collect the matching amount of marbles in each box. Color Sorting: the same idea as number correspondence but with colors.
  • You can also use magnet strips on the cardboard rolls instead of velcro and use this as a refrigerator activity while you are busy in the kitchen.
  • We made our own boxes to add in fine motor and visual spatial skills. I learned how to fold boxes about the same time as I first started making marble mazes. Thanks to YouTube I found a great instructional video for you:

  • We also made our own balls out of modeling clay for more fine motor and sensory practice.

Clay Balls for DIY Velcro Marble Maze

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28 Comments




  1. This is a very interesting and great activity. My son would love to make this marble maze. Thank you for sharing it with us #pintorials

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  2. Peakles loves this idea so much – very cheerful and fun! Your post has been featured on this week’s Frugal Family Linky via Peakle Pie! Hope to see you joining in again soon and remember to pop by and grab your ‘I’ve been Featured’ badge too!

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  3. You really have the best idea! We have been nap free for the majority of May and from the looks of it, that’s how we will stay so I’m always looking for new ways to have fun and do something fresh during what used to be nap time!

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    1. Adjusting to life without naps can bring a whole new set of challenges. 🙂

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  4. It’s a great idea to use velcro so the kids can move it around! I’ve never seen one that did that!

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    1. Thanks, we wanted the kids to be able to reuse and rebuild.

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  5. I never thought of using modelling clay or electrical tape. I will certainly do both now that I’ve seen it! Now I just need to save toilet paper rolls…

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  6. What a unique and cool craft!! My daughter would love this. Definitely pinning to make. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  7. Omg this is just wayyy too cool!! I really need to try this out with my princess!

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    1. Knowing you, it will look magnificent! 🙂

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  8. This is so cool! My daughter would love it! I would have to use the larger balls for my son though, he can’t be trusted.

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    1. If you try it, let us know how it goes with your son. 🙂

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  9. This is legitimately really awesome! I think my oldest little one would have a good time doing this with me 🙂

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    1. Thanks! I hope you have fun!

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  10. This is such a fantastic learning activity. The construction of the maze is a great exercise in engineering. Our kids would love it. We will have to give it a try.

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    1. There are so many lessons hidden in this activity. I think your kids will have lots of fun, too.

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  11. That’s so creative and fun for the kids! I love the idea of using magnets and keeping the kiddos busy while I’m in the kitchen!

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    1. Thanks, I am working with 4 year old twins and I am trying to think of activities that keep the kids busy and learning while the mom can relax.

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    1. It would be a great STEM activity at school. Maybe they will remember it years later like I do.

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