Introduction: Cardboard Ball Maze Game

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Turn a cardboard box lid into a fun ball maze game. This is a fun game for the kids and a great way for them to practice their hand-eye coordination. Make the game more challenging by adding cards that match the colors on the tubes. Set up a challenge by choosing a few cards (3 for the younger children and 4 or more for the older ones). Then try to roll the ball through the colored tubes in the correct order. It’s not as easy as it looks, but the kids have a blast trying.

Step 1: What You Will Need

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1) Cardboard box lid (I got mine 'free' at Staples)

2) 9 Toilet roll tubes

3) Spray paint (a different color for each tube)

4) Glue (any type that bonds paper)

5) Hard rubber ball (I got mine out of a gumball machine)

Step 2: Instructions for the Box and Tubes

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1) Paint the box lid a light color like a cream or off-white

2) Paint the tubes, each a different color. NOTE: First paint the tubes white, then a color. Otherwise, it takes many coats to cover the tubes

Step 3: Instructions for the Memory Cards

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1) Cut the cards out of thin cardboard. I used white-colored cardboard that I had leftover from another project. You can cut them to any size but I cut mine 3x21/2 inches.

2) Spray paint the cards the same color as the tubes. I made two of each color

Step 4: Create the Maze

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1) Design your maze by placing the tubes in the box. Arrange the tubes, making sure to leave enough space for free ball travel around the maze. I used a toilet roll tube end as a guide. Since the ball is smaller then the diameter of the tube, if the end of the tube fits between spaces, so should the ball.


Use the ball as a guide

2) Then glue the tubes to the box lid

3) ENJOY ! ! !


EmmieM5 (author)2017-04-22

Good project for kindergarten kids.

KarenK116 (author)EmmieM52017-04-24


PeterL199 (author)2017-04-19

very good idea , my 5 year old is gathering as I type

KarenK116 (author)PeterL1992017-04-19

:) He/She will love it.

wold630 (author)2017-04-10

I think I would even enjoy trying this! Very creative! :)

KarenK116 (author)wold6302017-04-10

Ya know, even as an adult (with a bit of beer) I even have fun with it. :)

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