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How to Make a Maze with Natural Materials - 7 Days of Play

How to Make a Maze with Natural Materials

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Making a DIY nature maze is the perfect summer activity for kids! They’ll love being able to roam around the yard and find items in nature that they can then use to create a fun maze. This is such a simple way to have them get outside and be creative, all at the same time. 

How to Make This DIY Nature Maze

Since you just need a few items from around your house (literally!), there’s no reason that the kids can’t hop in and make this fun activity any day of the week. Not only can they choose whatever items that they can find in the yard, but it’s a fun way to have them start to think creatively about the whole process of building and engineering, too. 

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How to Create This DIY Nature Maze

There really isn’t a right or wrong way to create this maze as long as the kids are having fun and being active. They’ll just need to throw on some shoes and see what they can find outdoors. The great part about this simple activity is that each time they make it, it’s going to look completely different! 

My kiddos grabbed sticks, acorns, empty snail shells, sea shells from past vacations, and pine cones to name a few. This activity is great for all seasons because it allows the kids to get fall leaves, summer flowers, or even unique rocks that are colorful throughout the year.

How to Create This DIY Nature Maze

There really isn’t a right or wrong way to create this maze as long as the kids are having fun and being active. They’ll just need to throw on some shoes (or not!) and see what they can find outdoors. The great part about this simple activity is that each time they make it, it’s going to look completely different! 

My kiddos grabbed sticks, acorns, empty snail shells, sea shells from past vacations, and pine cones to name a few. This activity is great for all seasons because it allows the kids to get fall leaves, summer flowers, or even unique rocks that are colorful throughout the year.

Tips for Making This DIY Nature Maze

No gift box? No Problem! If you don’t have an old gift box to use, you can create your own with pieces of cardboard like we did!

Use Strong Glue! We used tacky glue. It dries quick, has a strong hold, and is safe for my kids to handle.

Can’t collect nature items? Is the weather bad or don’t have a yard or park nearby? Collect recyclable items in your house instead! Paper straws, bottle caps, paper tubes, are just a few examples of things you can use to create a maze as well!

Be creative! Unleash your creativity on this very open ended nature craft. Just make sure to have a start and finish if you want to be able to use it as a game! Visit our comprehensive list of arts and craft supplies to see some of our go-to items!

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Materials

  • Old gift box, or pieces of cardboard to create a bordered frame as we did!
  • Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky Glue
  • Nature items, like sticks, rocks, shells, pine cones, etc.

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

To make a cardboard frame, cut one big piece and corresponding border pieces. Use glue to secure, and include a handle if you wish!

Step 2

Decorate your pieces of nature!

Step 3

With your sticks, start with the basic structure from start to finish, gluing to secure. Add decorative pieces and the words “start and finish” to complete the design!

 

Step 1

To make a cardboard frame, cut one big piece and corresponding border pieces. Use glue to secure, and include a handle if you wish!

Step 2

Decorate your pieces of nature!

Step 3

With your sticks, start with the basic structure from start to finish, gluing to secure; (4) Add decorative pieces and the words “start and finish” to complete the design!

The Educational Benefits of this DIY Nature Maze

I love using this nature maze as a great way to be creative and have the kids thinking analytically. The great part about a maze is that it works their brain and has them thinking a few steps ahead to ensure that there is a starting and a finishing point for the maze. 

This activity is also great for exploring nature and their hand-eye coordination for building the maze. All the items that they’ll find in nature are great for sensory skills and sensory learning, too.

how to make a maze using nature items crafting with kids
how to make a maze using nature items crafting with kids

The Educational Benefits of this DIY Nature Maze

I love using this nature maze as a great way to be creative and have the kids thinking analytically. The great part about a maze is that it works their brain and has them thinking a few steps ahead to ensure that there is a starting and a finishing point for the maze. 

This activity is also great for exploring nature and their hand-eye coordination for building the maze. All the items that they’ll find in nature are great for sensory skills and sensory learning, too.

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