Marble Maze Building

Marble Maze building has been a popular activity in the Year 1 / 2 class and has brought different groups of children together. Discovery, collaboration and imagination has brought about some truly amazing designs with the different groups as they shared and worked together.

One of the original creations was so tall, only a few children could reach to put the marbles on the top. The tallness of the design, plus it’s ‘two-dimensional’ nature with only two base points, made the structure ‘wobbly’ which required many hands on board to keep it stable.

As the students worked through the process, they discovered that having a structure with more base points such as four in a square or rectangular format created a sturdier maze that would not continuously break or fall. They also learnt that despite the structure not being as tall as the original, the marble still had to travel the same if not a longer distance to complete the maze.

The final design was freestanding and lasted longer than any previous marble maze. It’s sturdiness allowed the students to come and go, revisiting this play.

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