Laser Maze
Primary Market
Education, Secondary Ed
Character Focus
Trust
Items Needed
1 or more Toobeez sets, Stopwatch
The Activity Time
45 minutes

Objectives

  • Improve balance and coordination
  • Increase speed
  • Develop flexibility
  • Discuss and reflect on the experience
Character Focus
Trust
The Challenge
Like a mouse, move from one end to the other of the Laser Maze without touching the shapes and/or tubes.
Preparation
Time: 30 minutes

Materials

  • 1 or more Toobeez sets
  • Stopwatch

Setup

  • Use as many pieces of the Toobeez set(s) as possible to construct a maze for the students.
Activity Plan

Time: 10 – 15 minutes

Space: Medium

Instruction: Whole class or individually

Helpful Hints

  • Be sure to review these tips prior to beginning the activity, and if necessary, share reminders with the group during the activity.
  • Remind students to focus on the outcome of the activity, rather than being competitive
  • Encourage students to move slowly at first to establish the best pathway

Activity Instructions

1. Circle up the group.

2. Read the Activity Challenge Box to the group.

Challenge: Like a mouse, move from one end to the other of the Laser Maze without touching the shapes and/or tubes.
3. Discuss the following guidelines for the activity.

Laser Maze Guidelines

  • The object is to obtain the fewest “zings”
  • One point is awarded for each touch, or “zing,” that occurs while in the maze
  • Each student has three chances to work through the maze If a student touches the tubes, they receive a “zing”

4. Now, thinking like a mouse, each student may begin their attempt to work through the maze.

5. Use the stopwatch to time each of the attempts, and perhaps have another student record the “zings.”

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6. After the activity, move to the “Activity Discussion and Processing” section of the activity.

Assessment

  • Teacher’s observation of student participation
  • Class discussion on communication and trust

Activity Discussion and Processing

To close the lesson, end with a group discussion about what was learned during the activity. Circle up the group, and work through the following questions. If possible, record the group’s responses on flip chart paper so all comments are displayed
  • laser-maze3What was challenging about this activity?
  • Did it help you to think like a mouse?
  • Did the exercise become easier by the third attempt?
  • Can you think of any other ways to attempt the maze?

Activity Variations

1. Increasing the difficulty.
laser-maze4This activity can be made quite challenging by this variation. Have each student work with a partner to get through the maze, and blindfold one student. The blindfolded student must work through the maze based on communication and trust of their partner’s (who is outside the maze) verbal directions.
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