Marbles and LEGO go together like peanut butter and jelly. After we had so much fun building and playing with the LEGO Plinko board, my kids want another DIY LEGO toy that uses marbles.
Hence, the LEGO marble maze was born. The engineer in me was thrilled.
There are tons of ways to build a LEGO marble maze out of basic bricks. It’s a fun STEM challenge for kids, and there is no wrong way to do it as long as the marble has a way to go from the entrance to the exit.
How to Build a DIY LEGO Marble Maze
- Build the border around the baseplate first.
- Make sure to leave two gaps for the start and the finish of the marble maze. Marble sizes may vary, so make sure your marble can fit through the gaps before you continue to build.
- Start building the path for your marble to get from the start to the finish.
- Fill the rest with false paths and dead-ends. You may need to rearrange the pieces from the solution route to connect to these other paths.
Keep in mind that the maze does not have to be perfect. Some paths may be 2 stubs wide, others might be 3 stubs. As long as your marble can fit through the paths, you are golden.
Getting the marble from the start to the finish may not be so easy. It takes great gross motor skills, fine motor skills, as well as hand-eye coordination to get the marble to go through different gaps.
Plus, it takes a lot of patience. Your kid might get the marble stuck on one path and cannot get it through a gap. If he/she gives up, then he/she will never finish the maze. It’s a great parenting and teaching moment to calmly help your kid practice patience.
If your child is having trouble navigating the marble without it falling out of the maze, try doubling up on the walls. With higher walls, your child can tilt the board more to get the marble to where he/she wants it to go.
For younger kids, you may want to start with just one path and focus on getting the marble through the maze without it falling out. Then after your kid mastered that, you can build more paths for your kids to explore.
Cool LEGO Marble Maze Ideas to Try
The possibilities of the LEGO marble maze designs and play are endless! Here are some suggestions:
- Instead of just one path, add multiple routes that can lead the marble from start to finish.
- Build the walls higher and add bricks on top of the walls to cover the paths. Now you can’t see the marble in the maze. Will you be able to get the marble from start to finish blind?
- Change up the colors to reflect the season or holiday. For example, use red, white, and blue bricks for a 4th of July LEGO marble maze!
- Use multiple marbles and see if you can get them from start to finish without one falling out of the maze.
- You can time your kid and see how fast he/she can solve the maze. Then see if he/she can improve on that time the second or third time around.
- If you have multiple kids, you can time all of them to see who can get the marble from start to finish the fastest.
Final Thoughts on the LEGO Marble Maze
I love “freestyle” LEGO activities like this LEGO marble maze where you don’t have to follow an instruction manual to create something fun. It really sparks your kid’s imagination, creativity, engineering, and problem-solving skills!
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