Cardboard Ball Maze Game

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About: Recently I read that there are over 60 million American households that participate in some form of crafting in a given year. Well, I am one of them . . . . . I love crafting !!! So please enjoy some of my...

Intro: Cardboard Ball Maze Game

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

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

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

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

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.

OR

Use the ball as a guide

2) Then glue the tubes to the box lid

3) ENJOY ! ! !

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    PeterL199

    1 year ago

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

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    wold630

    1 year ago

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

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    KarenK116wold630

    Reply 1 year ago

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