How to Make a Maze for Your Gerbil or Hamster

Looking for a pet project? Help your gerbil or hamster stop spinning their wheels and make them their very own maze.


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You Will Need

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Non-sugary cereal
  • Gerbil or hamster
  • Duct tape (optional)
  • Construction paper, stickers, or markers (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Build the base

    Lay out a flat piece of cardboard to use as the maze's floor; choose a piece as large as the labyrinth you want to make.

  2. To increase the maze area, attach 2 pieces of cardboard together with duct tape.

  3. Step 2

    Create walls

    Cut 6-inch high strips from flat cardboard the same length and width as the maze floor. Glue the strips around the perimeter to create the structure's walls.

  4. Step 3

    Design the maze

    Draw a design for the labyrinth on the maze floor. Include divergent paths and dead ends to challenge your gerbil or hamster.

  5. Step 4

    Build the maze

    Cut additional 6-inch high cardboard strips and glue them over your design. Make sure all of the pieces are attached sturdily so your pet can run through the labyrinth without knocking them over.

  6. Decorate your maze with construction paper, stickers, or markers to give the project a personal touch.

  7. Step 5

    Create holding pens

    Cut 6-inch high cardboard strips sized to use as barriers that fit tightly in the path at the beginning and end of the maze; push them down into the path to create separate Start and Finish pens.

  8. Step 6

    Add your pet

    Place your gerbil or hamster in the Start pen and a few pieces of non-sugary cereal in the Finish pen. Then, lift up both barriers and watch your furry friend find their way.

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