camp home: paper plate magnet maze

paper plate magnet maze Paper Plate Magnet Maze

Paper Plate Magnet Maze Template (print the bunny/space shuttle on card stock)
Paper plate (I think a regular white one would work well, but we had brown ones on hand, so that’s what we used)
Markers (fine and thick)
Colored pencils
3/16″ x 12″ dowel
1/2″ button magnets (2 per maze/plate)
Glue gun & glue stick

1. The template has a sample maze to use, or you can easily just make your own with a compass; use the bunny or space shuttle on the template, or make your own (e.g. car to a finish line, superhero to a damsel in distress, fish finding its way to a school of fish). If using a compass, make 4 circles lessening 1″ with each smaller circle. Each circular row, should have one opening to the next, and a barrier somewhere along the row as well. Go over the maze lines with a marker. Draw the moon or bunch of carrots (or whatever you choose for the winning destination) in the center and color.

paper plate magnet maze paper plate magnet maze paper plate magnet maze 2. Color the bunny/space shuttle and cut out. Glue a magnet piece behind the bunny/space shuttle, and another on the end of the dowel to make the magnet wand. Make sure the opposite magnets are facing each other, so they will attract and be able to work together on the maze.

paper plate magnet maze paper plate magnet maze paper plate magnet maze paper plate magnet maze paper plate magnet maze Hold the magnet wand under the plate and direct your bunny/rocket ship to the center of the plate!

paper plate magnet maze paper plate magnet maze paper plate magnet maze The girls spent the afternoon lying in the grass and taking turns with the maze. This would also be fun to do at a kid party and it would be easy enough to make a maze to fit your theme. Brave would undoubtedly love to make a spider trying to make it to the center of the web or something spidey like that! I’m sure there will be a couple more made this week.




5 Responses to “camp home: paper plate magnet maze”

  1. Jane Y. says:

    my gosh! this is probably one of the best diys i’ve seen around the internet! so creative!

  2. sgrmse. says:

    LOVE this!!! thanks so much for sharing. gonna bookmark it forever.

    if there was an award for Best Mom In A Lifetime, it has got to be yours!!!

  3. Yanic A. says:

    Love everything about this!!!!

  4. Lizzzzzzzz says:

    For extra awesome: Make the pieces for playing the maze out of shrinky dinks! It will be a lot easier for younger kids (and even you) to draw and color something cool for the piece and then shrink it down to make it an appropriate size for playing with the maze instead of drawing and coloring something tiny in the first place.

  5. I love this! What a great way to combine art and fine motor skills learning.

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