This candy cane marble maze is a fun way for little elves to practice problem solving and engineering. My little elves were so enthralled that they didn’t even mind they didn’t get to eat the candy canes!
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To make the candy cane maze, I first grabbed our supplies:
- Serving tray or cardboard lid (Something with an edge to hold in the marble.)
- 25-30 candy cane sticks (I used soft mint candy sticks from the Dollar Store so they would be easier to break by hand.)
- Hot glue gun
- Colored paper
Making the Candy Cane Maze
I began by lining my serving tray with colored paper. This step was optional but I liked the festive pop of color it gave the final result later.
Then my 7 year old and I began laying out the candy cane sticks – snapping them to make them shorter as we needed.
I bought soft candy cane sticks, which is like a cross between a butter mint and a regular candy cane in texture. It made them super easy to snap to the desired length with just our fingers.
Making the candy cane maze was a challenge for my 1st grader so she had to plan where she wanted the marble to go. I helped her make the maze a little more difficult by showing her how to make dead ends and tricky little traps.
We ended up using about 25 sticks – almost three bags.
Once we had everything laid out, I used my hot glue gun on the low setting to quickly glue the candy sticks down to the colored paper.
After waiting a couple minutes, my little elves were ready to play! Even though being able to control the marble proved challenging for my 4 year old, he was still all smiles.
I’d say this engineering challenge was a sweet success!
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