Here are some steps to help your kids learn how to make a labyrinth in which to play out the myth. Kids Activities Blog loves LEGO activities like this that bring learning to life.
THE GREEK LABYRINTH
We recently built a Labyrinth from Legos. I’m excited to share the inspiration with you. My sons, especially my older one, is smitten with Greek Myths. Every night he and his dad hunker down together in bed and read Usborne’s Greek Myths for Young Children. This book combines great illustrations with simplified, condensed myths that draws children even as young as 3 years old into the tales.
HOW TO MAKE A LABYRINTH
Not surprisingly my son began to integrate these myths into his playing outside the book. He creates his own elaborate versions of the myths, new mythological creatures and we’ve even crafted Oddysses’ raft. Most recently he began to draw labyrinths and to build labyrinths from blocks and Legos. We love using Legos because of their versatility. You can build gas stations, farms, buildings, grocery stores, rockets, houses, ships and even labyrinths. Plus Legos work fine motor, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.
Materials Needed for the Lego Activity
- Minotaur figure
- Theseus or a figure to defend against the Minotaur, in our case, my son chose a lion
- Greek Myths book (optional)
Approach to Building a Lego Maze
- Building a maze is actually quite simple. You can be random like we did or create more of a challenge for your child by having a pre-made maze for him to replicate. What a great way to work those developing math skills with pattern recognition.
- Once your maze is constructed to satisfaction, add the minotaur and other various creatures and characters, then weave the string into the labyrinth.
- Honestly my son just took off with this one. He began to tell the story in his own unique way and had a great time reenacting the plot.
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**Background of Greek Myth: Every nine years, King Minos, the mythical king of Crete and the God of War, ordered Athens to send a group of seven men and seven women to enter the labyrinth and fight the minotaur. Theseus, the son of the King of Athens volunteers to go. Along the way he charms King Minos’ daughter and receives a sword and magic string from her with a promise to marry her upon his return. With this string he will be able to successfully lead the group through the labyrinth and then ultimately save them from the wrath of the minotaur.
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