My daughter recently came home from first grade with a project they completed in class using Wikki Stix. Their project was a very simple STEAM activity involving designing a small marble maze using a paper plate. This particular activity inspired me to create my own, bigger version for her using a big cardboard box and similar materials.
Before beginning, it may be helpful to talk to your children about the task at hand. Explain to them that they will be designing and constructing their very own toy, and that they will be imitating what real life engineers do in their jobs!
Engineers and designers are people who use science, math and other information to solve a problem, using a certain process to complete the task at hand. When designing your DIY marble maze you will need to think about several factors: the different locations of the walls and bumpers (you’ll need to make sure a marble can roll through), the colors you want to incorporate as well as how easy or difficult you want the marble maze to be.
We decided to keep our marble maze relatively simple for ease of use, and we also knew that we wanted to incorporate lots of color into our design. As we were going, my daughters suggested incorporating a start and a finish line, so that is something you can do, too!