Labyrinths for rodents
Hamsters are curious and playful animals. Give them enough toys, and the animals will entertain themselves, and people are also interested in watching them, especially children. Running in the wheel helps the rodent to flex muscles in active movement. But such entertainment is monotonous and uninteresting for both performers and observers.
A similar labyrinth can be made independently from improvised materials.
The simplest tunnel from a cardboard sleeve or a plastic bottle will interest the hamster. He will run with interest through it in both directions, climb from above. Fun for the animal and the children watching it. The made labyrinth for the hamster with your own hands will take an interesting creative work of all family members and bring joy to the animal.
You can build a playground for a hamster from a variety of objects and littered debris, cut out from the remnants of materials after repair and mount from plywood.
You can use cardboard, plywood, plastic bottles
The hamster can gnaw cardboard and plastic, of which the maze is made. An animal is best released to walk through the maze under the supervision of people.
The simplest maze from a cardboard box
It remains to draw, and then cut out the bottom of the aisles as arches. The hamster in the box should be able to go into any cell, if not directly, then bypass. You can complicate the maze by making round holes instead of arches in opposite walls and insert a sleeve from paper towels into them.
Gradually, step by step, the maze will become more complicated. The next stage is a maze of cardboard freestanding partitions. At the bottom of the box, draw a maze. Make the partitions in accordance with the sketch from the cardboard or plastic remaining after the repair and stick them. In addition to the tunnel from the cardboard cylinder, build a bridge.
- Take 2 hard cartons, the side walls of the shoe packaging will do.
- Pick up ice cream sticks or long sharp sticks for steps. You can peel and sharpen thin branches.
- Putting the cartons together, make holes through the semicircle. In quantity and size, they must coincide with the material under the steps.
- It remains to pass the sticks into the holes of cardboard boxes placed at a distance from each other.
Cut the top beautifully in a semicircle. Get the railing. The arch carved below is an additional element of the maze. Put the bridge in the box and glue it. Now the hamster is even more interesting to walk.
You will need a cardboard box, scissors and a fantasy
Before making any labyrinth, make sure that the animal will be able to freely pass through all tunnels and holes and will not get stuck.
Everything can be fixed with ordinary insulation. Glue it on both sides of the wall below, connect with each other. Glue must be used safely, best PVA.
Plastic bottles in a case
How to make a maze for a hamster with your own hands from the most accessible material. You need to start with an elementary figured tunnel in the form of the letter "T". Then complicate it and gradually you can create a complex large maze, multi-level.
- Wash well all the bottles that you will use. Preferably with natural detergents: laundry and baby soap, soda, mustard. Rinse under running water. No harmful substances should remain on the surface.
- For 2 bottles of different sizes, cut off the neck and bottom.
- The edges can be melted on an iron (old), an electric stove and just matches or a lighter. Since such methods of removing sharp edges are dangerous for children, it is enough to glue the edges with insulating tape or a narrow adhesive plaster. Adhesive tape cannot be used.
- Cut a hole in a large bottle on the side. Fit it to the size of the smaller bubble and insert. Secure with the same electrical tape.
- In colored opaque bottles, cut small holes on top so that the hamster can see where he is.
Plastic bottles can help build a hamster maze
By this principle, create complex structures, gradually increasing the number of moves in different directions. For example, to a large bottle on the opposite side of an existing branch, make two and attach a different container to each. There should be several exits so that the animal can freely exit if desired.
Raising the structure to the second level, it should be remembered that the animal will not be able to pass vertically, especially on a smooth surface. It is necessary to make inclined transitions, gradually raising the tunnels higher and higher. exits should only be at the bottom.
Boxes, boxes, tubes
In each house, many different boxes and boxes are assembled. Everything will suit, from long and narrow, in which there were tubes with toothpaste, small square ones that kept face cream. The easiest way to make tunnels from them is transitions. Large shoes and children’s shoes will become a kind of intermediate “stations”.
Any box can serve as a necessary thing in the construction of the maze
The benefits of such a maze are double. Entertainment for the hamster and children and at the same time used trash – boxes that are no longer needed, but it is a pity to throw out. Games in such a maze are used to train a hamster.
In addition to boxes, plastic bottles, bushes with towels and toilet paper will also be used.
- Clean all found boxes from dust.
- Lay out on the floor options for the proposed scheme of the maze. With large boxes you can make several exits. The transitions are toothpaste packaging, bushings and plastic bottles.
- Bend out the closing valves from the ends. They can be used for gluing to a large drawer. Trim the neck and bottom of the bottles, treat them.
- Mark all openings for the entrances. Cut them out.
- In large boxes, mark the labyrinths and make bridges in them.
- It is advisable to make small holes in the upper walls to see a running hamster. He will be lighter and entertainment for children.
- In large boxes, determine the places for toys and sweets.
- Glue all elements or connect with insulation.
- Perform a trial run of the hamster.
Garbage – boxes that are no longer needed are suitable for labyrinth
The maze can be redone and complicate, add new moves. It is necessary to provide fences so that the rodent does not jump out into the room and does not begin a secret life under the sofa with active damage to furniture and baseboards.
Plywood and jigsaw plus skill
How to make a maze for a hamster small, but durable, beautiful and functional. For fans to craft with their own hands, such a structure can be made of plywood. First prepare a box with walls 150 – 200 mm high. In it, mark the walls of the future labyrinth.
Plywood and jigsaw in the hands of the master. the maze is ready
Cut out all elements from thin plywood, make arches and tunnel transitions in them. More precisely, cut holes in the walls for the installation of tubes or plastic bottles. Draw windows and other decorations of impromptu walls. Glue all the elements and fix them in the box. Do not use nails.
There are a huge number of plywood labyrinth options. If desired, you can make bridges and inclined paths leading to the second and third floor. In a single-tier labyrinth, spread out the goodies and observe the joy of the hamster when he finds them.
Plastic pipes and fittings
Often, after major repairs, plastic pipe cuttings and fittings remain – elbows, tees and other system elements. They make an excellent maze. Ideally, if there are transparent tubes between the squares. Then the hamster running through the tunnels will be clearly visible.
Cutting plastic pipes and fittings can make your pet play area
If all parts are opaque, you just need to make holes for viewing. Cut long grooves in long pipes. A little tourist will be clearly visible, air access is provided and it is visible where the pet is.
The holes should be small so that the hamster cannot stick its head in. It is better to make many small holes than one big one.
Turn the tee so that one tube rises. Fantasy further and complicate the design.
Option for a large house in which there are children. Allocate a place – about half the room. Give the children the Lego constructor, a few sets, and freedom of action. Let them build a playground for themselves.
The Lego constructor can also be used to build a maze
You need to make sure that there is a reliable fence and the animals are tame. Then the children can not just watch them, but participate in the creation of the maze and the process of walking the animal. They will be able to constantly remodel the design, engage in creative work and develop.
To help students better understand what and how to do with Lego, we must first build simpler structures from bottles and boxes, make bridges. By laying out seeds and other hamster goodies all the time in one place, you can gradually accustom your hamsters, if there are several of them, and arrange races in mazes and other competitions.
Rules for playing with the hamster in the maze
The hamster is a rodent. You can’t leave him in the maze unattended. The animal can gnaw a hole and run away, it will be difficult to catch it. Or simply gnaw at the corners and ends of structures, poison with plastic and paints on the boxes. For him, just walk in an interesting design. Explore new.
It is best to run the hamster in an enclosed space, a maze enclosed on all sides. Children can watch him. They will watch that he does not bite too much. At the same time, for them it is entertainment and a sense of responsibility. When the animal runs up and gets tired, it must be sent to rest in a cage.
In the spacious house of the hamster, you can put simple tunnels with cardboard tubes and plastic bottles. But there is no guarantee that the rodent will leave them intact. Therefore, you need to use only unpainted cardboard and bottles from under the products – food grade plastic.