Being Amazon Prime members, we don't pay for shipping on individual orders. We also totally (ab)use this system. You can get things like this $1.50 easy maze book delivered. (And delivered with "Timothy" on the label, which is a very important part to remember.)
The result is that Timothy has discovered he really likes mazes. He finger-traces through these mazes (and another book of them) pretty quickly now!
So, being a rat, I've always been fascinated by mazes. And I'm an old paw at drawing them... Used to draw piles of them, really. Without really thinking about it too much, I got out a piece of paper and drew a maze for Tim while he watched. It has a rabbit because his main exposure to mazes has been animal-themed and Timothy said it needed a bunny.
Tim's first maze from daddy rat!
Timothy LOVED IT. I don't think he realized that you could just sit down and spontaneously draw mazes! I don't even consider this a very good maze because it's all freehanded and I was just making it up as I went along. But he was so impressed that, after tracing the solution with his finger a good half-dozen times, he wanted to select this as the toy he took to bed to sleep with! (Being a piece of crinkly paper, we did eventually convince him that there were cuddlier choices.)
So today we've been doing more mazes. He wanted a "really tough" maze so I freehanded another one. And I'll just note that it's hard to freehand concentric circles. :P
A tough maze for a big boy solver.
This one took him a minute, since I did build in some good feints and loops. But he solved it soon enough and was darn proud of the accomplishment. :)
We went through several more pieces of paper today, sitting on the floor with crayons and collaboratively creating mazes by taking turns drawing walls. Fun times! It warms a daddy rat's heart. :D