Crafting family fun; DIY cardboard box maze

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If you are a parent, but even if you’re not, you’ve probably heard the age-old adage that a child will enjoy playing with the box that a toy comes in more than the toy itself.

Today I’d like to share some photos of a little family craft project (well, not so little actually) that we started one rainy, dreary morning this week.  It’s a giant maze made from recycled cardboard boxes that encompasses our entire dining room (I knew there was a reason we’ve been dragging our feet finding a dining room table).

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All you need is several cardboard boxes (ours were complements of Trader Joe’s, thanks to my husband, our insider connection) and some packing tape or even duct tape.  Just fit the boxes together in whatever configuration you like and tape them together where needed to keep the structure stable.

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Virginia is just a couple of weeks from her first birthday now (!!!!) and isn’t yet walking.  She LOVES crawling around this maze.  We’ve had it up for about four days now and it’s been good for HOURS of entertainment!  She just loves to chase momma around the maze and be chased herself!  Papa got in on the action too of course, but at over six feet tall, he had some maneuverability issues.  By the way, as an adult, army crawling through a cardboard maze is quite the workout!  Sometimes we mix it up and place rattles, balls, and other small toys around the maze for her to find, but mostly she’s content to crawl in and out, squealing in delight all the way.

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This is a great project for those days when you just can’t get out and I’m sure would work great with older kids as well.

If this post has inspired you to create your own box maze I’d love to hear about it!  Write about it in the comments below or on the zween facebook page.  Happy crafting!

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2 responses to “Crafting family fun; DIY cardboard box maze

  1. Sheresa

    This looks like fun! We just got done moving so we have plenty of boxes. I wanted to mention though that duct tape won’t stick to cardboard. Weirdest thing…but it won’t. Guess I’ll be making a trip to buy some packing tape!

    • Interesting. Thanks for the tip, I didn’t realize! We used packing tape and it worked ok. It depends on how boisterous your child is and how long you’d like it to last. We kept ours up for about a week and by that time it was looking a little sad. I hope your maze gives you hours of fun for your family! Happy crafting!

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