Easy Marble Maze with Modeling Clay

You and the kids will love this marble maze that's fun to make using modelling clay. It's perfect for quiet times, it can be played over and over, and its small size makes it easy to carry wherever you go. 

Marble maze activity with modeling clay

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This marble maze is fun for kids to make with modeling clay or play dough.

Modelling clay is especially suitable for this activity as it is firmer than regular play dough so it holds its shape well. That makes it a perfect material for squeezing, shaping and stacking.

Modeling clay marble maze

This marble maze is just the right size for kids to hold in two hands, so they can tip the foam tray back and forth, rolling the marble from side to side.

It's small size makes it easy for kids to take with them in the car, and to store on a shelf or in a drawer.

Supplies for the marble maze


Modeling clay used to make a marble maze


  • see-through plastic packaging, deep enough to allow the marble to roll freely underneath
  • modeling clay
  • washi tape
  • foam tray
  • marble

Instructions for the marble maze


Roll modeling clay into strips to make a maze


1. Make narrow strips by rolling modelling clay on a table top.

2. Arrange the pieces on the foam tray to make a pathway for the marble.

3. Press firmly to adhere the clay strips to the tray.

The ridges should be high enough so that the marble rolls around them, not over them (but kids don't seem to mind either way!).

Younger children may need assistance spacing the pieces so the marble rolls around them.


Marble maze for kids to make using modeling clay


4. Place the plastic lid over the maze and secure it to the foam tray with the tape or glue gun. 

Don't forget to put the marble in before sealing the cover!

 Kids can make a marble maze with play dough or modeling clay

Modelling clay is an ideal play material for kids for promoting creativity and strengthening fingers. Grownups will love it because it stores easily and lasts a long, long time. 

Squeeze, shape, and stack your way to creating a unique marble maze that will provide hours of fun.


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