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How to Solve a Maze

Deep inside a maze, twists and turns steer you off course until you are lost between the walls. Navigating a maze can be challenging, but finding your way through is rewarding.


  • Step 1: Keep your right hand on the right wall Keep your right hand on the right wall or your left hand on the left wall as you walk through the maze. This technique navigates you out of the maze, but only if the goal is to reach the exit, not the center.
  • Step 2: Visit and mark all possibilities Visit all possible points of the maze if you don't have a paper representation. Mark where you have traveled and from what direction with chalk.
  • Step 3: Fill in dead ends Fill in dead ends all the way to the decision junction so you don't waste time hitting a wall.
  • TIP: Turn cul-de-sacs, or spots where the passage ends and loops around, into dead ends and fill them.
  • Step 4: Use string Take a tip from Greek mythology and trail a length of string behind you. The string will show you where you've gone before, and help you find your way out of the maze. With these tips, you're certain not to get lost!
  • FACT: During the Middle Ages, pilgrims unable to travel to the Holy Lands would visit and navigate mazes at Cathedrals, often on their knees. The center of these mazes represented Jerusalem.

You Will Need

  • Map or paper maze
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Chalk
  • String

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