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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Masking Tape Maze

Hey there all you lovely people! What's a crack-uh-lackin'? Hopefully, unlike this blogger, you are finding yourself coming down with your local strain of sunshine and rainbows. Unfortunately for me and mine, we happened to have stumbled upon the exact opposite and have caught ourselves a serious bout of Strep. 

Yum. (And right in time for our anniversary, too. Yaaaaaaaay.)

So, while we're coughin' and hackin' away over here, I thought I'd entertain y'all over there with my recent take on good ole' fashioned masking tape entertainment.  For a buck a roll at the Dollar Tree, you can't really beat it!  I present to you, the masking tape maze of wonder!

It took me about 30 minutes to put it together... and the kids sure did do a whole lot of wondering. Wondering what the heck I was up to, anyways!

I started by making a giant rectangle, with two narrow openings, on the shorter and opposite ends.  From there I filled in the center of the rectangle with pathways. No rhyme or reason. Just tape. As usual, I made it more complicated than I needed to and made... like 5 false pathways (I say "like", but I didn't really count. Pleeeease. Too lazy.). There was only one "correct" way out... and now I'm wondering what the heck I was thinking.

They might have actually tried to figure out the maze if I had just made it more simple.  Next time, I'll try and make it more age appropriate.

In the meantime, I've learned a very important lesson from this. Apparently, when you drive a monster truck? You don't need to stay inside the massive man eating, poison dart, flesh deteriorating hedges (I had to say something to encourage them not to go over the lines...). You can just drive over them.

Uhm, duuuh.


 But no, in all actuality,  even though they ignored the puzzle aspect of our giant maze, they still had a lot of fun driving their cars through the 'streets.'  Which, was the whole point in the first place. To have fun. And let them explore. And if they wanted to drive over the 'walls' in the maze that took me a half hour to put together? So be it =]. There is joy in letting them learn and play in their way. Not just for them, but for us as the parents as well.

...and, there also might be some joy in learning how NOT to make things so complicated. Baha. Oh well. I'm a work in progress!

How about you? Do you ever find yourself making things more difficult than they need to be?  Have any fun masking tape projects? Know a really good Strep throat remedy?  I'm all ears =).


  1. Back in my era of being an educator, I would sometimes get to school early and occasionally do a masking tape maze or artistic design on the floor of an unsuspecting teacher's classroom. I always signed it the The Masked Tape Doodler. It was fun and sometimes my work was even appreciated. Strep Throat? Doctor and antibiotics is a requirement. It can turn into Rheumatic fever if not taken proper care of.

  2. I just stumbled across this on Pinterest. I LOVE this! I'm going to do this for my grandkids.


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