Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Mazes for preschoolers/kindergarteners

My First Book of Mazes (Commonwealth Edition)
The Bibliophile likes the idea of mazes.  Until recently, he'd just draw a line from start to finish, with no acknowledgment of what lay between (right over walls, designs, etc.).  One day it occurred to me to make him a REALLY simple maze, and that seemed to get the idea across.  Then I printed a couple of sample pages from a Kumon maze book, and he loved those (I need to buy My First Book of Mazes for his birthday or Christmas!).  In the meantime, I have been combing the internet for anything that looks simple enough for his age.  We have also been handdrawing simple ones here and there.

And, this week we did a bit of this:

He loved his first corn maze!

I am linking this post up with We Play and Play Academy.

Comment!  Please share.  Do your kids like mazes?  What are your favorite sources for them?

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Raising a Happy Child said...

The corn maze looks like fun. Anna has on-and-off relationship with mazes. We do have this Kumon book (got it as a present for her 3rd birthday), and she is mostly through it. We also have another wipe-off book of mazes and sometimes Lars draws her some. She definitely understands the concept but gets really frustrated on more complex ones and then just draws across the walls to the exit.

Infant Bibliophile said...

A wipe off book for mazes is a great idea. We have a "busy book" that is wipe-on style and he adores it (I just need to get better about wiping it off right away, because I always forget until the next time we use it and then it takes a lot of muscle).

Brimful Curiosities said...

You might try Roxie Munro's maze books like Mazeways: A to Z and Ecomazes.

cathy @ NurtureStore said...

Great pics - he looks like a real adventurer! Thanks for sharing with the Play Academy. Cathy :)

amandab said...

We LOVE mazes and actively hunt them own :) That one does look fun!

Christie - Childhood 101 said...

Mazes are such a rite of childhood, aren't they? It sounds like you are having a lot of fun exploring them.