Are you beginning to see lines and circles appear amongst your child’s scribbles? Often this lets you know your child is on to the third stage of writing which is often called Lines and Patterns, or Lines and Shapes. This blog looks at the importance of mazes in this stage of writing.
You often see mazes in many colouring books, themed books, pamphlets and even on food take away boxes. This is because mazes have many educational benefits. The four main benefits are helping children draw lines, improved fine motor skills, strengthen hand muscles and for enjoyment.
Drawing lines is an important step towards learning how to write letters and numbers. Children should be given plenty of opportunities to draw lines, long, short, fat, thin, horizontal, vertical and diagonal. Mazes allow children to practise drawing lines.
Fine Motor Skills
Mazes help children develop their fine motor skills as they are learning to stay within set lines. Fine motor skills are movements produced by the small muscles mainly in eyes and hands. Skills such as drawing and writing use fine motor skills.
Strengthen Hand Muscles
Children need to develop strength in their hand to be able to hold a pencil and form letters correctly. Mazes help children control their movements in their hand which helps to strengthen them.
Children enjoy mazes, they can use their finger first to help them choose the best path. Most mazes have fun animals or objects which need to be connected through the maze.
You can create your own maze by using the free printable mazes found on the internet and pasting a photo of your child on one side and a drawing of your home on the other side. There are many different options you can do to make it personal for your child.
Free maze site.