There’s no doubt about it, you’re gonna roll for this easy to make DIY Marble Maze Runner! It’s super fast and simple to build, in no time. Perfect STEM project!
Are you ready? Let’s begin!
This quick and easy maze runner will be sure to keep the kids busy, but also teach science and engineering in the process. Marble runs or as I’m calling it Maze Runner, are a classic physics activity covering, energy, force and friction. While testing and making design modifications are all classic engineering activities. This project has both!
Marble Maze Supplies Needed:
- Clear Glue
- Ready To Decorate School Box
- Plastic Beads
- Wooden Round Bead
- Acrylic Paint
- Paint Brush
Step 1 – Cut Straws
I found the perfect supplies to make our marble maze runner, plastic straw beads and a pencil box! What I LOVE about using the pencil box, it can be portable.
Step 2 – Layout Maze
First have the kids think about the way they want to lay the maze out. Don’t have them glue anything down just yet. This is the engineering aspect of this project.
Step 3 – Glue Down Straws
Now that they have a good concept of how to build their maze, now they can start gluing down their pieces.
Make sure to tell the kids a little bit of glue goes a long way.
Step 4 – Paint Wooden Bead
I know a lot of people like to use marbles for their maze, but I liked the idea of using a small wooden bead. The kids can paint them or you can paint them ahead of time.
This step is totally optional if you want to take this maze to the next level. We went ahead and added another part of the maze to the top of our pencil box.
My little guy had a lot of fun helping me make this post and playing with the maze afterwards.
Building is fun but playing is even better!
This maze runner is kid tested and approved!
As always thanks for stopping by. Let me know if you have any questions, and I’ll be happy to answer them!
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