Build a Maze – Guest Post from The Science Mommy!

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Today we have a really awesome guest post from Jen at The Science Mommy! She has a GREAT hands-on science blog with ideas for kids of all ages to enjoy! I saw this post for older kids to build their own maze and it looked like such a neat idea! And simply enough that your big kids can do it all by themselves!!
Build a DIY Maze Wood Board

Ages: This is definitely one for the Big Kids to create.  Once the maze is built however, Little Kid Scientists will have fun running the ball through the maze.

Materials:  12 x 12″ board (we used pine, but particle board might work better), finishing nails, rubber bands, bouncy balls or marbles. (OR you can start out with an already made geoboard)

Build a DIY Maze Wood Board
The cat is optional, ours isn’t as much help as she would like to think!


Using a ruler, create a grid on the surface of the board.  Make sure the spaces between the lines are large enough for a bouncy ball to roll through.  This is a great opportunity for Big Kid scientists to practice measuringthey should be doing this step! 

Build a DIY Maze Wood Board

At each corner, pound in a nail.  The nails should be secure enough to tug on them with rubber bands, but not so far into the wood that they poke through the back.

Build a DIY Maze Wood Board
Build a DIY Maze Wood Board
It’s a lot of nails to get into place.  Connar worked really hard to get his done while I made a maze for Aiden.  Then we discovered why particle board might work better.
Build a DIY Maze Wood Board

The board split in two.  There were too many nails along the grain line of the wood.  Fortunately this happened to me. Connar was working really hard to get all his nails into the board.  Since the wood doesn’t need to be pretty, particle board without a grain line, may work better for this project.

Once the nails are all in place, it’s time to build the maze.  This is where the real thinking happens.  Using rubber bands to create walls and boundaries, build a maze.

Build a DIY Maze Wood Board

The mazes are easy to take apart and build again.  Over and over.

Build a DIY Maze Wood Board

Connar used the ball while he was creating the maze to check for dead-ends.

I put a maze together for my younger Kid Scientist, Aiden, who solved it very quickly.  I suggested he create a maze for me, one that wasn’t as easy as the one I built.  After about 10 minutes he looked at me and said, “Building these is really hard work Mommy!”  This Science Mommy loves it when the thinking is the hard work!

Have fun with your mazes!

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Click below to check out some of our other favorite puzzles and mazes!
plastic maze puzzle cube toy Melissa & Doug Farm Puzzle Maze Toy
ThinkFun Maze maze book for kids and adults
gravity maze toy wooden maze

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  1. Thanks for the opportunity to Guest Post!

  2. Thanks for the detailed instructions and what sized board you used 🙂 looking forward to making these with my kids!
    Builders tip: blunting the nail (hammering directly on the tip of the nail) before using it, helps to prevention splitting 🙂

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