I recently picked up a pewter labyrinth, like the one pictured here, for J. Walking a labyrinth is said to calm and inspire confidence, but tracing the path of a labyrinth with your finger or a tool can serve the same purpose. One source I found claims: “It holds a quiet, safe place for the intuitive, symbolic mind to come forth and be more present than it may ever get a chance to be.”
No matter what, I figure it’s fun (J LOVES mazes), and it promotes focus & fine motor skills. Win! J does seem to calm when she’s doing this, so that’s an added bonus! Finally, it’s a great quiet activity for restaurants, doctor’s offices, etc. that’s easy to slip into a bag or purse.
The one we have (pictured above) is a replica of the walking labyrinth in Chartres Cathedral in France that was built around 1200! I’d love to visit someday to walk the real thing.