Bring calm and focus to every learning area with a labyrinth. Use ‘lateral thinking’ skills to tailor a journey for a High Learning Potential (HLP) child.

For centuries, labyrinthine wisdom has been used in many cultures as a tool for focus, meditation and prayer. Today, this wisdom can be combined with modern Thinking Skills into a fun educational project, ‘down-time’ discussion or hands-on activity. Whatever an HLP child’s natural areas of academic strength, they can discover a path that soothes and de-clutters their hectic mind.

A forest labyrinth Discussion – Is a Labyrinth a Maze?
Discuss labyrinths; can your child define one? Is it a maze? As always, you may well be intrigued by the HLP thought process! One girl (11) commented that “In a labyrinth you have to be focused and actually choose to stay on the winding path, but in a maze you can get stuck; there are dead ends and you can’t see your choices…unless I suppose the walls were made of glass…”!
In essence, she is right. You can get lost in a maze, but a labyrinth is a complicated, meandering single walkway. You reach a centre, a moment of insight, then return.

A classical seven ring designed Cretan labyrinth
At a museum, with books or on the internet (e.g. or

  • Research labyrinth styles.
  • Copy a classical 7-ring design – or design and create a labyrinth. (
  • Get crafty: Use pen and paper, Lego or needlework to build a design – or make a sensory path by carving into a piece of wood and tracing a finger around it.
  • Be adventurous: Take young explorers outside to lay down sticks in a wood, sand and stones on the beach or bird seed in the garden. Now have them experience walking their own labyrinths.
  • Visit an historical site: Ely Cathedral or Glastonbury are good places to visit – or pay a ‘virtual’ visit to Chartres (France) or Knossos (Crete). There are many sites at home or abroad to choose from. (

Grass Labyrinth Arts Activities

  • Discover Ariadne’s thread and the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur (try this more child-friendly version:
  • Immerse them in historical drama as they write their own myth or adventure about walking a labyrinth in unusual circumstances.
  • Be inspired! Recreate beautiful ancient Roman mosaics, Irish stonework and 2,400-year-old coins showing labyrinthine designs.

Pinwheel Labyrinth in the form of an offshore wind turbineSTEM Activities (Science, Technology, Maths & Engineering)

  • Inside the human body something is called a labyrinth; why, where and what does it do?
  • What is ‘sacred geometry’?
  • Mechanical ‘labyrinth seals’ are often used in axle bearings, pistons and turbines( Given the name, imagine how they might work. Which substances could they separate? What are the engineering, design, materials and environmental factors?
  • Hold an in-depth materials and economics discussion. See

Discover where labyrinths can take you!