Turn a cardboard box into a fun ball maze! This is a great hand-eye coordination game for kids, as well as an awesome boredom buster since you probably have all these materials on hand.
This game is similar to our cardboard box labyrinth, but with a lower frustration level for young kids. Preschoolers will enjoy rolling the ball through the tubes, while older kids might enjoy adding a game element to this activity.
This ball maze game is super simple to make!
You will need:
- A cardboard box
- Cardboard tubes – ours are paper towel rolls
- Duct tape in a variety of colors
- A bouncy ball
First, prepare your box. You will want a smooth surface for the ball to roll on. My husband cut the flaps off the top of the box and simply laid them in the bottom of the box and taped them in place. This created a nice flat bottom.
Then we cut the paper towel rolls in thirds and wrapped each one in a different color of duct tape. Each paper towel roll is attached to the box with a loop of duct tape.
We tried a ping pong ball first, but it didn’t quite fit through the tubes. A bouncy ball works perfectly!
Turn the ball maze into a challenge game by adding cards that match the colors of duct tape. I just stuck pieces of each color of tape to some index cards.
Set up a challenge by choosing a few cards (we did 3-4). Then try to roll the ball through those colored tubes in the correct order. It’s not as easy as it looks! Fun challenge!
The boys enjoyed challenging each other to get the ball to go through the pink tube because it was the most difficult. The easiest tubes are the ones on the edges of the box.
This project was inspired by the marble maze on Creative Connections for Kids. Her post also has several creative activities to go with the book Press Here. You’ll want to check it out!
If you have bigger kids, stop by our Cardboard Box Labyrinth. This is one of our all-time favorite projects for kids age 8+.