Drawing mazes is a great, creative activity for a rainy day – or anytime you want a fun break in your daily routine.
Step 1: Draw a grid Use a pencil and ruler to draw a large square or rectangle on plain paper. Mark dots at the edges at equal intervals. Draw lines to connect the dots to create a grid. Make light lines so you can easily erase them later.
TIP: On graph paper, draw a square or rectangle to define the boundaries of your maze.
Step 2: Create the entry and exit points Choose two spots along the outer edges for the start and finish. Erase a break in the lines at these points to create an entry and exit for your maze.
Step 3: Draw a path from entry to exit Draw a meandering path leading from the entry to the exit. Include lots of twists and turns.
Step 4: Create false paths Create false paths branching from the main path. Include dead ends and paths that circle back on themselves.
Step 5: Draw the maze walls Use the pen to trace over all line segments in the grid that do not have a path going through them. These are your maze walls.
Step 6: Erase the pencil Erase all other pencil lines. You will be left with your finished maze.
Step 7: Make copies Make photocopies of your maze for your family and friends to solve. Keep your original clean so you can use it again.
FACT: Did you know? Mazes have been used since the early twentieth century to study learning and memory in rats.