Regularly we will go on family labyrinth walks because (gratefully) there is a beautiful stone labyrinth in a nearby town that we often visit. They are so fascinating and universal through history and mythology across the globe. They have been found on amulets from ancient Egypt, Mycenaean seals, Etruscan vases, Native American paintings and on coins from Crete just to name a few.
This is a wonderful activity to create your own finger labyrinth. If you would like to add further educational content to help your children get a feel for the magical history behind them you can watch short documentaries on youtube, discuss how people build modern labyrinths - the different materials they use and what they mean to different cultures and religion.
Using a smaller version with fewer circuits you can invite your child to place rocks and crystals along the labyrinth lines marked, giving a good guide of the creation of labyrinths, circuits and the way they flow. Once they finish they can count how many rocks and crystals they used to construct them.
- For your large finger labyrinth first, draw the labyrinth on a large piece of baking paper so you can figure out what size would work best.
- Then roll out about 1kg of air dry clay. Using the paper, cut out the general shape you wanted and place it over the clay. Run the top of a pencil along between the labyrinth lines and lift the paper so the general marks are there to guide the creation.
- Use your finger to push down where you would trace the labyrinth. Smooth out the walls and finger surface with a little water.
- Decorate it with some gemstones and leave to dry completely (ours took 4 days). Once dry you can paint your finger labyrinth.