Today in the Discovery room we have been busy learning about ‘what is a maze?’
We had a think about it and decided we should write down what we thought it was. 🤔 Here are some of our mind mapping ideas-
“It is round and you find your way out.”
”A maze is something you go in to.”
“You have to get in one way and another way out.”
The first thing we decided to do was look at different types of mazes and have a go trying to solve them out using our fingers to work our way around them and then we tried to follow it using our pens .
“These can be tricky!”
“Watch out for those dead ends!”
“My bee is going to get the flower”
We had so much fun exploring our mazes that we decided to create one for our Bee Bots, using our wooden blocks in a pattern.
First we created a route by using the wooden blocks to mark out the path. We used all our problem solving skills to identify and remove the blocks that wouldn’t work with our route until our maze was complete – not forgetting to add in some dead ends to make it a bit more tricky!
We placed the Bee Bots on the green circle that symbolised green is for go and start. The children pressed up, down, left, right buttons while counting the number of times the Bee Bot moved to direct him all the way through the maze.
The children had lots of fun and were developing their navigation, co-ordination, problem solving skills, social skills by taking turns and working as part of a team, following and giving instructions and developing their language skills by suggesting ideas and supporting each other. They also showed their ICT programming skills by programming the bee-bots to follow the route round their maze.
Why not give it a go at home, you can draw or make one and if you are lucky enough to have a remote control toy, you could see if it can get through the maze. We hope you have an a-mazing time!😊