DIY String Laser Maze

Transform a simple string or wool into an obstacle course that will have your family twisting and turning their way to secret treasure.

Why a String Laser Maze?

In the movies, you often see spies go through extreme obstacle course to get where they need to go. In this activity, we replace lasers with string to simulate a safe, fun spy mission

You Will Need

  • Any type of string, at least 10 meters
  • Start and end point
  • Treasure: a basket or box and objects to put in it
  • Pen and paper (optional)
  • Costumes (optional)
  • Miscellaneous props and obstacles (optional)
  • Bells (optional)

Preparation Time

10 minutes

Activity Time

10-40 minutes

Location

Inside your home—down a hallway is ideal or outside—if you have enough anchor points at various heights.

#1: Select Your Course

Take a walk around your home with your kids and scope out the best place for the mission. You want to find somewhere narrow enough to place your string across. A hallway, for example, is perfect.

#2: Plant Treasure at Your End Point

Your mission is to retrieve the treasure at the end of the maze and return it to its rightful place at the start point. Simple, right?

#3: Construct Your Maze

Zigzag your string at varying heights down the hall or from anchor point to anchor point until you are happy with your string maze. You don’t need to use tape to stick the string to the wall. You can wind the string around anything: doorknobs, boxes, furniture, large toys and other items heavy enough to use as anchors

#4: Complete the Mission

Now, from the start point, you need to twist, turn, climb and crawl your way through the maze. Once you get to the treasure, you need to bring it back through the maze.

Rememeber: “Whatever you do, DON’T TOUCH THE LASER STRING!”

Get your family involved and for the competitive family, use a timer…with the winner being in charge of the TV remote tonight

Why not post a video of you completing your finished maze to Instagram or Facebook and tag EAYouthService (Don’t forget to use the hashtag #stayconnected)