Japanese Acorn Maze Craft

This is for elementary students. Using a box lid as a frame, create a cardboard maze and use an acorn to play. The one pictured here, my daughter Hana(first grade) made all by herself. Let their imaginations go.


  • shoe box lid or other box lid
  • scrap cardboard
  • scissors
  • glue
  • crayons to decorate
  • scrap paper
  • imagination (required)


  1. Talk about mazes and show some examples. Then, let students draw their maze design on paper.
  2. Cut out strips of cardboard and glue on the lid to create the maze.
  3. They can draw arrows to show the path.
  4. They can use paper to make tunnels or small ramps to make it more challenging.
  5. Use cardboard and paper to create flags to show "Start", and "Finish".
  6. Place an acorn at the start. Tilt the lid and roll the acorn through the maze.

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