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Jenga Stacking Game

A fun stacking game that can be played by anyone of any age and requires a minimum amount of skill.

What Is Jenga Stacking Game?

Jenga is a tumble tower game that involves removing wooden blocks one by one from a tower construction and placing them on top of the tower. The aim is to keep the tower in place without it falling down. It’s a simple but clever little game.

Jenga consists of 54 rectangular wooden blocks which are stacked into a sturdy tall tower. The game can be played by any amount of people, including on your own.

As the blocks are removed from the solid tower and placed on top, the tower naturally becomes more and more unstable.

If the tower collapses during your turn, you lose!

How Do You Play Jenga?

The game is set up by building a tower 18 storeys high, each storey made up of 3 wooden blocks. Alternate storeys have their blocks sideways to the ones above and below them.

Most games have a loading tray included making the tower easy and quick to construct.

Play starts with the first player removing only one block from the tower (it can be from anywhere, as long as it’s not from the top).

You can only use one hand to remove a block. Either push, wiggle or pull a block carefully out of the tower and once it’s safely in your hand, place it on the top any way you wish (do it carefully!).

Play continues with each player taking turns to remove a block and place it on top. The game is over when the tower falls down – and whoever’s go it was when it collapsed loses the game.

How Is Jenga Related To Education?

  • It helps children improve their eye-hand coordination
  • Teaches basic physics through learning how to balance
  • An ideal introduction to problem-solving skills
  • Great for teaching patience, thought and care
  • Perfect use of logic and reasoning skills

What Are The Rules?

  1. The first player takes one block from any level of the tower (except the one below an incomplete top level)
  2. They then place that block on the top level to complete their turn
  3. Only one hand can touch the tower – either hand is acceptable
  4. Players can tap a block to find a loose one. If any blocks move, but are not the one chosen by the player, they should be put back in place before the next player’s turn. However, if replacing blocks means the tower will fall, leave them as they are
  5. The turn ends when the next player touches the tower, or after 10 seconds
  6. The game ends when the tower falls or if any block falls from the tower (other than the block a player moves on a turn)
  7. The loser is the person who made the tower fall

Watch our video and you’ll be up-and-running in less than five minutes.

Jenga is great practice for eye-hand coordination, balance, patience and logical thinking

How Much Does Jenga Cost?

Prices range between £10 - £20 for the standard game. There are cheaper options, but be sure to read the reviews first. I found one for less than £4 but it gave wrong sizes (it’s a miniature version) and the reviews are certainly not glowing!

What is the Game’s History?

Jenga was invented by Leslie Scott, a British game designer. It was launched at the London Toy Fair in 1983.

The name jenga comes from kujenga which is a Swahili word that means ‘to build’.

The V&A Museum of Childhood has exhibited one of the original Jengas since 1982.

It is estimated that over 80 million Jenga games have been sold worldwide – that’s a lot of wooden blocks!

How Many Different Versions Exist?

Other stacking games are available, although they don’t use the name Jenga. They are typically called tumbling towers or wooden block tower game. If you want the real deal, make sure you purchase from Hasbro, who market Jenga.

There are also lots of versions of the wooden stacking game. Brightly-coloured ones with cute animals on the edges – ideal for younger children. There is also a number tumble tower with dice. We have reviewed both these items below.

In addition, you can get giant Jenga for outdoor use – just watch out the tower doesn’t fall on top of you!

Hasbro Gaming Jenga (Cost £14.79)

Jenga Tumbling Tower Blocks

This is the most usual size for the game – dimensions are 4.4 x 15.9 x 20.3 cm.

Comes with 56 wooden blocks – a spare two if you happen the lose them under the sofa!

Classic Jenga from its marketer, Hasbro, ensuring good quality.

Many manufacturers make almost identical, well-constructed games.

The one we bought and demonstrated in the video was manufactured by Hasbro.

Nene Toys Wooden Tumble Tower Game (Cost £14.99)

Tumbling Tower Blocks Game

A colourful, animal-themed version, ideally suited for young children.

Comes with dice and cards for two variations of the classic game.

Roll the dice and whatever animal it lands on, you have to remove a block of the same animal.

Likewise, pick an animal card and remove a block with the same animal.

Takes away the thought process of which block to choose, but is a great introduction to the game for younger minds.

Jaques of London Tumble Tower Wooden Game (Cost £11.99)


A numbered version. Each block has a different number on its end.

Comes with 51 blocks and 4 dice.

Numbers help children learn recognition and sequencing.

Cotton bag to store the wooden blocks when not in use.

Made to a high quality finish, which is what you’d expect from Jaques’ products.

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