Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Play-dough and Cardboard Mazes

Hello friends!  I'm currently on the lookout for easy (and not too messy) ways to keep the kids entertained.  Today I'm sharing a fun preschool STEAM activity that kept both my boys entertained.  We've made outdoor rock mazesedible candy mazes, and Lego mazes.  Today we're keeping the theme going with these super easy play-dough mazes!

Let's Make Play-Dough Mazes!


How to Make Play Dough and Cardboard Mazes- Such a great STEAM activity for kids of all ages (preschool + elementary!)


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Today's activity was one that I found in the book STEAM Play and LearnIt was written by my friend Ana from the awesome blog, Babble Dabble Do(She shares amazingly easy, colorful, and fun STEAM ideas over there.  So definitely check her site out!)

How to Make Play Dough and Cardboard Mazes- Such a great STEAM activity for kids of all ages (preschool + elementary!)


Ana sent me a copy of her book to review and I LOVED it.  Bright and colorful photos really showcase her super fun STEAM ideas.  The book's activities are targeted towards preschoolers, but both of my boys (who aren't quite in that age range) really loved doing the marble maze activity.


How to Make Play Dough and Cardboard Mazes- Such a great STEAM activity for kids of all ages (preschool + elementary!)



Here's how we made our Play-Dough and Cardboard Mazes!

(By the way, you may notice that the photos below look quite different than my typical photos.  I don't have my usual setup, so sorry! I'm trying to see this as an opportunity to become a better photographer... so we'll see!)

1.  Grab a cereal box + cut out the top.  (Use tape or staplers to help the box maintain its shape.)

How to Make Play Dough and Cardboard Mazes- Such a great STEAM activity for kids of all ages (preschool + elementary!)

2.  Roll lumps of play dough into little snakes.  (My little guy really enjoyed this part.)

How to Make Play Dough and Cardboard Mazes- Such a great STEAM activity for kids of all ages (preschool + elementary!)

3.  Squish your play dough into your cereal box to create a maze.



How to Make Play Dough and Cardboard Mazes- Such a great STEAM activity for kids of all ages (preschool + elementary!)


4.  Grab your marbles and try your maze out!  (Redesign as necessary!)

How to Make Play Dough and Cardboard Mazes- Such a great STEAM activity for kids of all ages (preschool + elementary!)


And that's it! 
My youngest lost interest after a couple of rolls, but my eldest spent a good half an hour changing the layout of the maze.

Hope you have fun trying this activity out too!
Happy making, friends!

How to Make Play Dough and Cardboard Mazes- Such a great STEAM activity for kids of all ages (preschool + elementary!)



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