If you are looking for a fun game to play with your friends or family, then Jenga is the perfect choice! It can be played in teams and is easy for kids to learn. The best thing about Jenga is that it isn’t just a one-time deal; once you finish playing, pack up all of the pieces and start again!
What is Jenga?
Jenga is a game in which players take turns removing one block at a time from a tower constructed of 54 blocks and stacking them on top, trying to create the tallest possible structure without causing it to fall down. The goal is not winning but rather seeing how high a player can get the tower before it falls. Each block removed is then passed to another player who must place that block on top of the stack or hold onto it and pass all other blocks down one level, creating a shorter but sturdier structure
The game Jenga was first invented in 1974 by Leslie Scott while she was teaching at her daughter’s nursery school as a way for children with special needs to engage in educational play activities. The original name of the game is actually “Creepy Crawly” which explains why there are so many bugs pictured on its packaging! Creepy Crawlies were made an official Parker Brothers company product in 1981.
Jenga game’s rule
For each turn you must take one block from any of your stacks and place it anywhere else on top of another stack as long as it doesn’t touch any other blocks or cross over onto an adjacent space where there’s already a block present. If someone calls “Jenga!” before you’ve had a chance to move for whatever reason (you’re done stacking, need help pulling something up/out of the pile) then no more moves are allowed until everyone draws again and starts off fresh at drawing one block.
At any point, you’re not allowed to knock over the tower by touching it without actually adding a block to it (although this is technically a violation, not an actual rule).
Benefits of Jenga:
- Fun for all ages – Jenga is a great game for everyone!
- Easy to learn – Kids will be able to play this game with their friends and family in no time.
- You can build on your skills over time – The last time you played, the blocks were more challenging to stack.
- Good hand-eye coordination practice – If you are stacking Jenga blocks, you are improving your hand-eye coordination.
- The thrill of the challenge! It’s not as easy as it looks and will keep anyone entertained for hours.
How to play if you have never tried before
There are many ways to learn how to play, but in general the rules state that players take turns removing blocks from a tower created by placing one block at a time next to each other on an elevated surface until only one block remains.
Each turn consists of drawing out any portion of four adjacent stacks from below or above that form a space into which the player can remove one or more blocks.
The removed block is then placed on top of the stack from which it was taken, and as a result will be harder to remove in future turns.
You lose if the Jenga tower falls over before you are able to remove all the blocks.
The winner is decided by who removed their last block successfully, and then they can determine if it’s a draw or not.
Different types of Jenga blocks
The blocks come in different shapes, sizes and colors. Each block is a solid color with the exception of white that has black dots on it to distinguish from other blocks. The design for each type of Jenga block was created so they would be easy to tell apart.
Different variants of Jenga games
There are many variants of the game that have been created over time. Traditional hardwood sets are simpler games overall.
- Throw ‘n Go Jenga
- Jenga Truth or Dare
- Jenga Xtreme
- Casino Jenga
- Jenga XXL
- Jenga Giant
- Jenga Pass Challenge