Easy Alphabet Mazes

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From the Introduction:

In 105 pages of mazes, this book contains two journeys through the alphabet. In each journey the letters have two very different mazes dedicated to them. The first of those mazes is a simple frame maze. The goal is to find a path from the outside to the letter in middle of the maze. The second maze is built using the letter and is visually more interesting than the first maze. After a child completes the initial journey through the alphabet in the first half of the book, he or she should be ready for a second journey with mazes that are somewhat more difficult.

Mazes are fun and entertaining, at least in moderate doses, and the primary purpose of this book is to provide entertainment for young children who are about four to seven years old. Children vary a great deal in when they develop various skills, so although there are three-year olds who can do these mazes, there are also six-year olds who find them very challenging. A child needs a certain level of problem-solving skills, patience, and manual dexterity to complete these puzzles. If a child finds the mazes in the first half of the book too difficult, put the book away and wait a few months. If the child finds the mazes in the first half too simple, encourage him or her to go to the second half of the book.

In addition to being entertaining, mazes have educational value. They let children practice controlling a pencil as they attempt to follow a path, a skill essential for printing. Solving mazes encourages patience and persistence, and also shows that the method of trial and error is often an effective method of problem solving. Finally, the alphabet theme of these mazes may help improve a child's ability to identify letters of the alphabet.

These mazes were produced using software programs that the author developed two decades ago, partly to produce two books of mazes that Dover Publications published, Fascinating Mazes (1994) and Maze Madness (1996). The programs generate a maze as an array of numbers and then convert the numbers into a set of letters, which allows the maze to be displayed with specially developed typefaces.

Robert Schenk January 2012

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