# How to Create a Maze

I just finished Dan Pink’s book A Whole New Mind in which he discusses the difference between a maze and a labyrinth. It made me think of this wonderful video of dissecting a maze to solve it:

This was created by David Chandler of www.MathWithoutBorders.com and shared through the Math Future Google Group.

### Creating a maze becomes easy do-able!

From the discovery that David and his class of Math Explorers made, I learned that you can take two colors and create a maze. So off I went…

I’ve been dying to use this elementary school graph paper I got the other day so out it came. I grabbed a purple marker and started:

I immediately began creating the “rules” of what would be good maze design. And almost as quickly I began seeing that I was all wrong.

After a while I got out the orange marker:

More rules… more “…no, that’s not really a requirement” thoughts from me.

After a while I just gave up on making rules and decided to make sure that my purple and orange would come out at some point together.

Then with a little photoshop magic, I made it all black. You can download it here and play it!

This might not be something to teach, but rather something to do at home together. It’ll be a learning experience for the whole family.

Grab anything with lines or a grid on it and two different color pens or markers and give it a shot. Let me know how it goes. You can even post a link to the pictures of them in the comments!

Check out the interview with David Chandler here.

This is also shared in Works For Me Wednesday.

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### 2 Responses to How to Create a Maze

1. This looks like a fun activity. I think I’ll try it with my daughter tomorrow. We love math! Thanks!

• Bon says:

How did it go, Heidi? I can’t wait to hear!

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