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Bead Mazes are the Perfect Way to Test Problem Solving Skills

Selective focus of balls of wooden bead maze game joined and connected together while curious little boy watching and playing at home

Bead mazes have been around for a long time, and for good reason: These toys are good at entertaining kids as they develop fine-motor and sensory skills through play. These classic toys are a great way for kids to learn about spatial awareness and test their problem-solving skills, and sets that include an abacus even give little ones a fun way to practice counting. Check out these top picks for fun bead mazes that will delight all ages.

Even though it’s a compact design, the Melissa & Doug bead maze includes two counting racks. This maze has suction cups on the bottom for added stability.

The Play22 bead maze is a comprehensive pick that offers endless fun for babies and toddlers. All of the components on this durable wood frame come in bold hues.

This classic bead maze is perfect for toddlers, and the smaller size makes it a portable solution for trips to playdates or to visit friends and family.

This bead maze has a simple two-wire design. . Little ones can learn to sort, differentiate color and problem-solve as they slide the beads along each of the wires.

This bead maze also comes with three wooden rows in the base, two of which have sliding rings. Children can learn colors and counting using the lower wooden rows.

Expert Commentary

Children can practice dexterity and learn concepts like up, down, left, right, fast and slow while moving the colorful parts of bead mazes. These toys promote visual memory and learning about addition, subtraction, shapes and colors. The best mazes contain chunky, easy-to-grip beads that don’t come loose or have pointed edges. Their wires are also firmly attached to the base.

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Melissa Spurling

Melissa holds a doctorate in pharmacy and is a home educator, co-teaching a high school chemistry class and a primary school class. Having taught two of her own children to read, write and traverse Singapore Math, Melissa has spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours researching and testing curriculum.


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