A to Z Summer: Jenga

Jenga is played with 54 wooden blocks.

Each block is three times as long as it is wide, and its height is approximately half its width. To set up the game, the included loading tray is used to stack the initial tower which has 18 levels of three blocks placed adjacent to each other along their long side and perpendicular to the previous level (so, for example, if the blocks in the first level lie lengthwise north-south, the second level blocks will lie east-west).

Once the tower is built, the person who built the tower moves first. Moving in Jenga consists of taking one and only one block from any level (except the one below the incomplete top level) of the tower, and placing it on the topmost level in order to complete it. Only one hand at a time may be used to remove a block; either hand can be used, but only one hand may be in contact with the tower at a time. Blocks may be bumped to find a loose block that will not disturb the rest of the tower. Any block that is moved out of place may be left out of place if it is determined that it will knock the tower over if it is removed. The turn ends when the next person to move touches the tower or after ten seconds, whichever occurs first.

The game ends when the tower falls in even a minor way—in other words, any piece falls from the tower, other than the piece being knocked out to move to the top. The loser is the person who made the tower fall (i.e., whose turn it was when the tower fell). However, if one or more blocks fall but all players agree that they can be put back on the tower for play to resume, that is in keeping with the cooperative aspect of the game.

*As always, please be mindful of your children’s health & safety during these activities and keep them attended to at all times

A-Z of Summer A is for...

Apple Bobbing - the perfect game for a summer's afternoon but best played in the garden.

A-Z of Summer B is for...

BBQ. It had to be barbecues. Take a look at our favourite recipe of the moment and some top tips.

A-Z of Summer C is for...

Collage - Get creative with a collage; a piece of art made up of lots of different materials.

A-Z of Summer D is for...

Dens. Make the ultimate hide out where it's invitation only with secret passwords.

A-Z of Summer E is for...

Egg and Spoon race. Recreate the sports day classic but make sure there's no cheating from mum and dad.

A-Z of Summer F is for...

Follow My Leader. A great game to get the kids marching, skipping, hopping and singing.

A-Z of Summer G is for...

Games Night. Ideas for the best board games, card games and the 'Who Am I?' game.

A-Z of Summer H is for...

Hide and Seek. A classic game which can be played inside or out. Who will be found first?

Alphabet I is for...

Ice Lollies. Perfect to cool down on a hot day and the chance to get fruity at home.

Alphabet J is for

Jenga. Keep your hand steady as you remove the blocks from the tower.

Alphabet K is for...

Kite Building. Get some real satisfaction by building your own and letting it go in a puff of wind.

Alphabet L is for...

Ladybird Garden. Be prepared to get some dirty fingers and 'borrow' a few flowers from the garden.

Alphabet M is for

Mud Pies. These are tasty treats you can eat and get messy at the same time!

Alphabet N is for

Noughts and Crosses. A simple but fun game which can soon become full of strategy and tactics!

Alphabet O is for

Obstacle Course. There's so many ways you set a tricky course full of traps and tricks.

Alphabet P is for

Paddling Pools. The perfect place to cool off on a hot summer's day.

Alphabet Q is for

Quoits. There's plenty of variations of this deck game and you don't need a boat to play it.

Alphabet R is for

Rummaging for bugs. Go on, be brave have a look in the garden and turn over some rocks!

Alphabet S is for

Skipping. Can your criss cross or double under? Check out the fun you can have with a skipping rope.

Alphabet T is for...

Treasure Hunt. Cryptic clues, photo clues or 'hot' and 'cold' can make for a great afternoon inside or out.

Alphabet U is for...

Under the Stars. On a clear night do some star-gazing or for the real young, make your own!

Alphabet V is for...

Vegetable patch. Have fun and be healthy by growing you own veg..it's not as difficult as it sounds.

Alphabet W is for

Water fights...what better way to cool off during the summer than getting the super soakers out.

Alphabet X is for

X-Box, check out our guide some of the latest games available for the console.

Alphabet Y is for...

Yo-yo. Have hours of fun as you 'walk the dog' and master other tricks with your yo-yo.

Alphabet Z is for...

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