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Who hasn’t played the labyrinth as a child?

Today we would like to talk about the Labyrinth game. It is a non-electronic game, based on a panel made of wood or plastic, intending to make a ball travel a certain path without letting it fall into the holes. This activity is suitable for each target, and it is possible to adapt the level of difficulty based on the age of our students.

We can build it using a sheet or a cloth. Then, numbered stages are painted over, and holes are distributed along the surface. The cloth will then be held by the whole class (or part of it), and together they will have to achieve the goal. Once again, the mapping of the sheet can vary according to the level and age of our pupils.

For example, for kindergarten children we can insert two or three large holes, use a sponge ball and make it a mission to be able to hold the sheet up with the ball on it without letting it fall for a certain number of seconds. While for the oldest, we can reduce the size of the ball and therefore of the holes or increase the number of holes the ball can fall into.

We can also use it several times during the same year by changing the goal to be achieved. It allows all members regardless of motor or mental skills to participate, in an active and totally inclusive way. We especially recommend the first times to propose it without the possibility of communicating in verbal form. This helps children focus on their role and not on criticizing or judging that of their partner. It is also an excellent tool for you to observe the class as a whole and, at the same time, in its individualities.

Ps: L’Orma recommends sharing this activity with colleagues! For example, you can propose it before a class council, or a planning meeting.

 

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