Big mazes on the chalkboard

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Those do-it-yourself mazes I mentioned the other day? We've been making a lot of them lately. Mostly large ones on the chalkboard. I draw one for Maia (like above) then scootch back into the kitchen to work on dinner while she draws one for me (such as the one below).

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And so it goes, back and forth, while dinner gets made slowly, which is about how it usually gets made. Slowly, with a babe on my hip, and a five year old who always, always wants my undivided attention. She only gets it in snippets these days, which just seems to make her want it more.

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P.S. Did you notice the little red bucket hanging next to the chalkboard? I hung that to hold our chalk. It's the perfect height for Maia, but mostly just a big tease for Daphne, who loves chalk. Unfortunately she loves to eat it as much as draw with it. She can't resist nibbling at it in between making marks on the chalkboard. I may need to move the bucket up a bit.

P.P.S. The top maze obviously wasn't drawn while cooking dinner as Maia is wearing her PJs. Perhaps that was a before-bed maze or a first-thing-in-the-morning maze. They're all blurring together at this point.

 

 

 

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11 Comments

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    House Mother
    September 29, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Love the maze idea!
    Little fyi…for children with special needs/eye issues, mazes are great theraplay and a great pre-writing skill.
    I added a blackboard to my kitchen thanks to your inspiring post a while back. Today, I will add a maze!

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    Lora @ my blessed life
    September 29, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    How fun! I’ll have to try that with our chalkboard:)

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    Agnes
    September 29, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    My 5 yo son loves to draw mazes too! He also draws roads, exits, freeways, with arrows and streetlights. Maybe we do too much driving ;) (his school is 30 mins. away). He just started doing connect-the-dots. So fun and a relief to know that he’s doing what other 5 yo are doing!

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    heldin im chaos
    September 29, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    That chalkboard is so fabulous! I’d love to set one up in our home! I haven’t tried mazes or dot-to-dots yet. We’ll have to get on that!
    Thank you for continuing inspiration! I have finally started doing art or craft every day with my girl. She has been craving it for ages, and I have been intending it from the start (since she was a toddler), but several moves, a baby-now-busy-two-year-old, letting life get in the way, etc. have kept me from making it happen regularly. You have managed to make and keep it a priority, and it’s very motivating! Thanks, Jean!

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    Eliza
    September 29, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Ah, great minds think alike! I, too, have a small bucket to hold chalk next to my boys’ chalkboard in the kitchen. So cute!

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    CC Sue
    September 29, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    Have you ever tried a labyrinth? Like a maze, you weave your way along a winding path, but unlike a maze, there are no dead ends. You go into a labyrinth not knowing where the path goes, but it always reaches the center and always can take you back out. The’s a quick tutorial on how to drawing a “classical” type at http://labyrinthsociety.org/activities-for-kids
    I promise, I’m not a rep for Labyrinths-R-Us! I walked one just a few weeks ago, and I wanted to know more. So I’ve been googling and learned how to draw them on paper (or other stuff!) to trace with either my finger or a pencil. Can’t wait for spring to return, so I can try mowing a simple maze or labyrinth in my yard!

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    Leigh
    September 30, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Love it! Thanks for sharing.

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    welcome to our wonderland
    September 30, 2010 at 10:13 am

    that chalkboard is amazing!!! LOVE the mazes awesome idea!

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    Erin @ Letter Soup
    September 30, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    My son would love this idea! Thanks for sharing it!

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    rosie
    October 2, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    any hints on how to draw a maze? my kids would love this!

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    Agnes
    October 2, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Oh yeah, we read Museum Trip by Barbara Lehman (a wordless picture book) a few years ago and my son has been amazed by mazes :) since.

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