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Summer is here and it’s time to put down the remote and get some fresh air for a bit! This cute nature craft from 7 Days of Play encourages kids to head outside, explore and collect creative supplies to make their very own nature-themed ball maze game. See how items like sticks, shells and pinecones can lead to even more playtime fun with a little help from Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky Glue.
- Craft paint & paintbrush
- Sticks, pinecones, shells, rocks and other nature items
- Marbles or round beads
After the kids find interesting items outside for their nature craft, gather all supplies to make the maze! You might need to cut twigs into smaller sizes, then cut one larger panel of carboard for the maze base and four strips to fit around the sides to create walls.
Add a line of Quick Dry Tacky Glue along the entire length of each side piece and press in place around the edges of the base to form the walls.
Use markers and paints to color and create designs on the sticks, pinecones and other items as desired. Once they’re dry, it’s time to create your maze by gluing them to your base! Tip: Before gluing everything in place, you can practice setting up the maze to see if you like how everything is arranged.
Once you have all of the nature craft maze items glued in place, create handles for the sides of the base with extra strips of cardboard. Glue one on each side.
Use a marker to write START at the beginning of the maze and FINISH at the end point.
Use marbles or rounded beads for your game pieces. It doesn’t matter what you use, as long as they can roll around the maze!
Now that their nature craft is complete, it’s time to for the kids to master the maze! You can make it easier for younger children and more challenging with additional pathways and obstacles for older kids. Customize the maze however you like it!