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Enhance Problem-Solving Skills with Shape Maze – Circles!

Developing problem-solving skills is a vital part of a student’s development. Unfortunately, with the vast curriculum content to cover and the time pressures teachers face, problem-solving activities can be neglected. This stifles students’ chances to practise their logical thinking and reasoning skills.

However, this needn’t be the case!

Shape Maze – Circles is part of a collection of quick labyrinth puzzles that teachers can use in class as a 5-minute brain warm-up or short lesson starter. The activity won’t eat into valuable lesson time and can be revisited throughout the day until the solution has been found.

Using activities such as Shape Maze daily will mean students get a chance to flex their all-important thinking skills.

Each resource sheet in the collection is accompanied by a handy teacher answer sheet. Teachers can use this at a glance to check student work or it could be displayed at the end of each day for students to self-assess their own work.

How to Use Shape Maze – Circles:

  1. Print the Resource Sheet: Ensure your students have a supply of coloured pencils or crayons.
  2. Solve the Puzzle: Students must help the mouse reach the cheese by colouring circles that form a route from start to finish. Only circles that are directly above, below, left, or right of each other can be coloured. Diagonals do not count.

Extension Activities and Fun Ideas:

  • Create Your Own Maze: Provide students with a blank maze and ask them to create their own puzzles. They could think creatively to invent different character scenarios instead of the mouse and cheese, or challenge them to draw different shapes.
  • Life-Sized Labyrinth: Chalk a grid on the playground floor or use dividers in the sports hall. Cut out large 2D shapes and ask students to find their way through the maze. The great thing about this version is you can move the shapes around to create more challenging mazes each time.
  • Beebots Adventure: If your school has Beebots or similar programmable robots, create a shape maze for the robots to navigate. Students will have to use their problem-solving and programming skills to guide the robots through the maze.

While creating your own number activities can be fun, it can also be time-consuming. If you’re looking for done-for-you resources to save time and enhance your teaching, our Teacher Mastermind Hub is the answer!

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  • Save Time: Our Daily Review Program can be done in just 30 minutes a day!
  • Evidence-Based Methods: All our materials are designed using the latest educational research to ensure they are effective and engaging.
  • Community Support: Join a vibrant community of educators sharing tips, advice, and resources to help you reignite your passion for teaching.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to enrich your teaching and inspire your students. Join the Teacher Mastermind Hub today and unlock a world of resources designed to make your teaching life easier and more rewarding. As a member, you’ll gain access to hundreds of engaging activity sheets like Shape Maze – Circles, as well as our renowned Daily Review Program, a time-saving tool designed to streamline your teaching and maximise student learning.

Discover more and become a member by visiting our Teacher Mastermind Hub. Let’s reignite your passion for teaching together!

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