Numbers labyrinth

The idea for this activity came from one of the kids' magazines my boys, Einstein E and Power P, like. They love labyrinths and mazes, but once they find the right way through, the game is over. So, we made one they could play with over and over again - with a different way each time.

Interesting facts about labyrinths (and mazes):

  • A labyrinth has a single through-route with twists and turns but without branches, and a maze is a confusing pathway that has many branches, choices of path and dead-ends.
  • In Greek mythology, Daedalus invented and built the Labyrinth for King Minos of Crete, but, shortly after finishing it, King Minos had Daedalus imprisoned within the labyrinth.
  • China's sprawling Yancheng Dafeng Dream Maze, which is located in the city of Yancheng, stands as the world’s largest permanent maze. Its longest path is 9.3 km (5.87 miles) long. 

Our labyrinth may not be the longest or the most intriguing, but is surely fun :)

Materials:

  • a large piece of cardboard
  • a lid (or some other object to make circles)
  • scissors 
  • a pen/pencil
  • glue (optional)
  • dino pictures (optional)

 

Step 1.

Draw several rows of circles on a piece of cardboard. Ours was 8 x 6.

Using a lid or maybe a pair of compasses helps children working on fine motor skills.

kid drawing a circle for a maze labyrinth

Step 2.

Mark the entrance and exit of your labyrinth. One of my kids, Einstein E, decided to make one in which a baby dinosaur has to find a way to his mummy. So, we printed out a picture of a baby and mummy dinosaur. He cut them out and glued the baby on the entrance circle and the mummy dino on the end of the maze.

kid cutting out a dino for the numbers maze

Step 3.

Using the same objects you used for drawing circles on the piece of cardboard, make circles on (coloured) papers. Cut them out.

Step 4. 

Decide on the numbers you are going to use for the labyrinth. My kiddos wanted to count from 1 to 12. Write the numbers on the circles you had cut out.

kid writing numbers for the numbers maze

Step 4.

Make the correct route first. 

the first route in a numbers maze

Step 5. 

Put the other numbers around your route.

the final numbers maze

Step 6.

Ask your brother, mummy, or daddy to find the correct route and help the baby dinosaur find its mummy.

kid playing with numbers maze

Step 7

Take the number cards down, make another labyrinth and play again.

 

This article was updated on August 23, 2020

Marija Smuda Duric

A mum to two amazing twin boys - Einstein E and Power P, an educator, and a researcher.