When using a maze, a child must learn the fine motor skill of a pincer grasp (using forefinger and thumb) to move the beads from one end to the other. This grasp is the pre-cursor to writing.
Moving the beads through the loops and twirls of six different patterns introduces the child to hand-eye coordination .
The variety of shapes is the start of geometry (maths skills). As well, these shapes and colour labelling gives rise to an increased vocabulary.