Magnetic Mazes

Why

Observe the pulling power of magnets by making your own amazing maze! Use magnets to guide figures around turns, into dead ends, and to the finish.


Steps

1. Explore how magnets work. Predict and test which objects and materials are attracted to magnets. Observe how magnets attract and repel. Record your findings on a chart with Crayola® Washable Markers.


2. Put your knowledge of magnets to work! Draw mazes on recycled file folders or poster board. Mazes could relate to a theme, favorite book, or holiday. For example, you could draw a maze for bats to find their way through a cave. If your classmates are really good at these puzzles, make it challenging! After your mazes are finished, you will try to solve each other's mazes.


3. To make the figures (such as bats) that will find their way through the maze, fold construction paper in half. Use Crayola Scissors to cut small figures along the fold. Make tabs at their bases so they can stand up. Fold tabs.


4. Color your figures with markers. Attach a paper clip on the bottom of each one with Crayola School Glue. Dry.


5. To solve mazes, set one figure at the start. Use a guiding magnet to pull the figure along the maze from start to finish. Try several different mazes made by your classmates.


Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Magnets— WARNING: Only use common magnets that have a weak attractive force, for example, magnetic tape or flexible refrigerator magnets. Never use permanent, high-attractive-force magnets, for example, rare earth magnets or magnets used in motors. If the magnet is small, follow the small parts guidance. WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD—Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

Adaptations

  • Glue finished mazes on thin cardboard. Enhance mazes by adding walls and folded-paper objects such as trees and lampposts.
  • Use Crayola Model Magic to build figures attached to paper clips and other maze elements. Model Magic can be colored with markers.
  • Predict how long it will take classmates to solve each other's mazes. Test predictions using a stop watch or other clock with second hand. Graph results using markers.
  • Create a floor-size maze on roll paper. Work in small groups.

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Lesson Plans

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Supplies

crayola supplies
  • Markers
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
  • Construction Paper
household supplies
  • paper clips
  • magnet
  • recycled file folders (optional)
  • posterboard (optional)

Overview

grades

  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6

subjects

  • Science
  • Visual Arts

time

  • Less than 1/2 hour
  • 30 to 60 minutes

benefits

  • Students explore how magnets work, experimenting with metal and nonmetal objects.

  • Children use problem-solving skills to design maze games.

  • Children demonstrate the pulling power of magnets while completing each other's mazes.

Cirriculum

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