Activity for ages 4 to 8.
This candy cane marble maze is a fun way for little elves to practice their coordination and fine motor skills, problem solving and engineering. My little elves were so enthralled that they didn’t even mind they didn’t get to eat these candy canes!
To make the maze, I made a quick trip to the dollar store to pick up some candy canes and gathered a few supplies at home. I grabbed:
- Serving Tray or Cardboard Lid (Something with an edge to hold in the marble.)
- Candy cane sticks, about 25-30 sticks (I used soft mint candy sticks. They were easy to break by hand.)
- Hot glue gun
- Colored paper
Making the 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 product 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 my fingers.
Making the maze was a challenge for my 1st grader as she had to visually plan where she wanted the marble to go. I helped her make it a little more difficult by showing her how to make dead ends and tricky little traps.
We ended up using about 25 sticks – almost 3 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!