Since the beginning of documented civilization, labyrinths and spiral patterns have been found everywhere ancient indigenous people have lived and traveled. Today labyrinths also appear on the Internet where people meet virtually as well as in the physical world in churches, recreation areas, schools and even prisons.
Print and "walk" these labyrinths with finger paints, color crayons or markers or use them as guides to create real labyrinths on lawns, driveways, in sand or snow. Use colored chalk to draw a hopscotch spiral onto the driveway to your house.
There are three main categories for unicursal labyrinths:
Labyrinths are structures with one winding path which leads from the entrance of the design to the center of the labyrinth then returns back to the entrance on the same path. Labyrinths frequently have designated stopping or resting points along the way for participants to engage in prayer or meditation.
Mazes and labyrinths are created with a variety of materials. Builders can cut into the ground to make turf Labyrinths completen with walls and rooms. Some mazes and labyrinth paths are constructed with mirrors, rocks, corn stalks, hay bales, books or with different colored paving stones, string, sticks or paving tiles such as bricks. Permanent labyrinth are usually created using concrete, marble or granite to resist erosion. Many stone labyrinths can be found in Lapland, Finland and Sweden.
Semi-permanent labyrinths may be built using flowers that bloom in the spring. Make a bird seed maze or labyrinth and watch the birds flitter as they enjoy the delicious treats. Foliage is often used to create paths. Dwarf shrubs and hedges of foliage can be planted in a labyrinth pattern and maintained by gardeners. Temporary or semi-permanent labyrinths can be drawn or painted on the outside walls of churches, frequently near the entrance ways.
Creative cloth labyrinths may be constructed by sewing fabrics and carpet materials together.
Corn stalk mazes are common in the fall when farmers clear their fields. Labyrinths and mazes created out of crops or otherwise temporary and seasonal materials are frequently promoted as seasonal tourist attractions. Two good examples of crop mazes are the Dole Plantation Pineapple maze in Hawaii, and the Carter County Fairgrounds Corn Maze in Kentucky.
Images in Scissorcraft of Labyrinths and mazes can be printed and traced with pencil, crayons or fingertips or used as a guide to creating simple designs drawn into soft sand, or drawn on sidewalks and driveways with chalk for kids to enjoy.
Some institutions use labyrinths and mazes:
Where in the world to find mazes and labyrinths open to the public.
These links go to Internet websites that discuss various types of mazes and labyrinths around the world. Many labyrinths and mazes are open to the public and available for tours.
Visit these links to find activities, mumber games and other great learning references and resources for mazes and labyrinths.
Paper Trivia: Did you know that you can only fold a sheet of printer paper in half seven times? Give it a try. It doesn't matter how thick or thin the paper is, once you get to the seventh fold, the paper will not bend or budge.
Sun catchers. To create a translucent, stained glass ornaments effect, apply a bit of lemon oil to the back sides of paper ornaments to create a.
Hang the ornaments on trees, in windows, anywhere bright colorful decorations are desired.
Construct a large paper-tree for the wall with shades of green construction paper. Draw a large tree on a sheet of easel pad paper to tack onto a wall or other flat surface, then decorate with paper ornaments.