Over the last couple of months I’ve purchased a few sets of Jenga blocks from Smyths and Mr. Price. I had previously bought a big box of Jenga which I wrote times tables on and have used them tons of times with my class and they love them. I find it is a great way to practise times tables in a fun way. This got me thinking about other games or versions I could create involving Jenga so I’ve now created a number of different Jenga Games covering areas which I’ll go through below.
Instead of writing the question on each Jenga block however, I have just painted each side of the block in a colour (I choose purple, green, pink and orange) and I have created cards (using these colours). This means that I only need 1 set of Jenga blocks rather than 1 set for each topic or area that we are covering. (So the same resource can be used in tons of ways – I think I will also paint over my Maths Jenga blocks so I can add these to the collection.)
How to play
1.The children will build a Jenga tower using a number of each colour of block.
2. The children will arrange the cards by colour.
3. The children will remove a Jenga piece.
4. The children will pick one of the cards (of that colour) and answer the question.
5. The children will place the Jenga block on top of the pile. If they answered the question correctly – they will keep the card. If they answered the question incorrectly then they must return the card to the bottom of the pile.
6. The winner is the child who has the most cards at the end of the game.
The first set I created was based around times tables. This covers all times tables up to and including 12×12.
Addition and Subtraction
This is a set of cards for addition and subtraction from +1 to +10 (Up to 10+20) and -1 to -10. (20-10)
This pack has a question for each number -1 to -10. The pictures below show ‘4’.
European Countries and Capitals
This one focusses on European Countries and Capitals. There are cards for the capital and separate cards for the country so there are two games or you can mix both together.
and there is an additional game in this bundle that just focusses on E.U. Countries and capitals.
Next up is this 120+ page document with over 240 antonym pairs. My class have loved playing this! It is a great way to build up children’s vocabulary in a fun way.