How to Make a Maze for Your Gerbil or Hamster

How to Make a Maze for Your Gerbil or Hamster

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Looking for a pet project? Help your gerbil or hamster stop spinning their wheels and make them their very own maze.

Step 1: Build the base

Lay out a flat piece of cardboard to use as the maze’s floor; choose a piece as large as the labyrinth you want to make.

How to Make a Maze for Your Gerbil or Hamster

Tip
To increase the maze area, attach 2 pieces of cardboard together with duct tape.

Step 2: Create walls

Cut 6-inch high strips from flat cardboard the same length and width as the maze floor. Glue the strips around the perimeter to create the structure’s walls.

How to Make a Maze for Your Gerbil or Hamster

Step 3: Design the maze

Draw a design for the labyrinth on the maze floor. Include divergent paths and dead ends to challenge your gerbil or hamster.

How to Make a Maze for Your Gerbil or Hamster

Step 4: Build the maze

Cut additional 6-inch high cardboard strips and glue them over your design. Make sure all of the pieces are attached sturdily so your pet can run through the labyrinth without knocking them over.

How to Make a Maze for Your Gerbil or Hamster

Tip
Decorate your maze with construction paper, stickers, or markers to give the project a personal touch.

Step 5: Create holding pens

Cut 6-inch high cardboard strips sized to use as barriers that fit tightly in the path at the beginning and end of the maze; push them down into the path to create separate Start and Finish pens.

How to Make a Maze for Your Gerbil or Hamster

Step 6: Add your pet

Place your gerbil or hamster in the Start pen and a few pieces of non-sugary cereal in the Finish pen. Then, lift up both barriers and watch your furry friend find their way.

How to Make a Maze for Your Gerbil or Hamster

Did You Know?

According to a 2009 survey, 62 percent of households in the United States own a pet.

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