From Theseus and the minotaur to stately mansions to laboratory rats, the maze or labyrinth has intrigued and delighted people for centuries. Whether your aim is psychological research or simple entertainment, you can construct an indoor maze from easily arranged materials. Use movable pieces rather than a fixed design, which allows you to rearrange and reconfigure your maze to change the difficulty level or introduce some new features for investigation.
Draw out your maze design on paper. The difficulty of a maze is defined by how long the person has to trace back the route and try again after meeting a dead end, the similarity of various routes through the maze the directness of the route from start to finish. Draw on squared paper and use each line to represent the length of one exhibition board.
Lay out the design of the maze on the floor using masking tape. Walk around the masking tape maze to ensure that there are no mistakes and is possible to complete.
Position the exhibition boards along the masking tape. Be sure to position all the feet correctly to avoid tipping.
Put up pictures or photographs on the exhibition boards to add complications to the maze. Space them out and use repeats sparingly. This will give the impression that there is only one of each picture, causing confusion and disorientation when the maze users see the same photo again.
Things you need
- Free-standing exhibition boards
- Masking tape
- Squared paper