Suggested age for this project: 1-5 years old
Who doesn’t remember learning their ABC’s while singing the alphabet song? Nobody, right? It just might be one of the ﬁrst songs that we sing with our toddlers. I know that I sang it…a lot! Singing is so much fun, but how do we add some sorting, eye-hand coordination and problem solving to make the alphabet song a little bit more interesting, and perhaps give it more STEAM? How about making it AMAZING with masking tape? This is a great project for older siblings since it facilitates a way for them to teach and help their younger brother or sister, and they have fun trying to trick them with wrong turns in the maze. Let’s make an alphabet maze with some BAM! Tape™!
- BAM! Tape™ Masking Tape
- Sharpie Marker or other permanent marker that doesn’t smear
- A hard surface, preferably a floor or sidewalk so that you have plenty of room
Let's Make It!
The goal with this project is to have the “maze runner” follow the alphabet to the end of the maze while singing the alphabet song. You should add some potential dead ends and wrong turns to keep it interesting, but remember to make it solvable for your maze runner.
You may want to plan your maze out with pen and paper, or you may want to make it up as you go. Either way, this is an easy yet rewarding project.
Step 1: Plan The Maze
Look at your space, and get an idea of how many twists and turns you will want in your maze. You will also need to decide how big you want to go. Younger children will typically do best with fewer turns, and kids who have more understanding of the alphabet will enjoy a bit more complication in the maze.
I suggest that you sketch out your maze on a piece of paper before getting into the tape.
Step 2: Tape Your Maze to the Floor
Using your sketch as a guide, simply tape your maze on the floor or other hard surface. I am putting my maze outside on a paved surface.
The number of dead ends and wrong ways should be determined by the abilities of your players. By all means, be challenging, but don’t frustrate.
Your maze should start with “A” and end with “Z”. Yup.
Step 3: Amaze Them
Ask your kiddo if they can ﬁnd their way through the alphabet maze while singing the alphabet song.
Step 4: Do It Again But Different
You can use your maze more than once and still keep it interesting, challenging and fun.
Challenge 1: Go through the maze backwards
Challenge 2: Time yourself and then beat your time. Or race a friend.
Challenge 3: Each time you get to a letter, say a word that starts with that letter.
Challenge 4: Alphabet Maze Olympics where you have multiple mazes that get more challenging as you progress
Okay, you get the idea. I hope that you ﬁnd even more ways to use the alphabet maze and then let me know about your experience.