There are so many great ideas here on the internet. I came across a good one recently from Tonya, a paediatric occupational therapist with a website called Therapy Fun Zone. Tonya bought a generic version of Jenga and used the blocks to create a writing game for play therapy.
I decided to come up with my own use for Jenga blocks, which is what this post is all about.
Have you ever had writer’s block? Yes? Now imagine the writer’s block you might get when faced with 96 blank ‘sheets’ to fill with inspiring words! [In case you’re wondering about the maths – there are 48 blocks and each block has 2 large faces and 4 smaller faces and I decided to leave the smaller faces blank – hence 96 faces to write on.]
The naked blocks were so lovely. I was worried I would spoil them with bad decisions. I thought. I thought a bit more. And then a lot more. I was procrastinating of course!
Eventually I decided to write a single word on each large face. My idea being for people to pull out 3 or 4 blocks from a Jenga tower or a bag, place the blocks on the table (choosing which word to use for each block) and then connect the visible words on the blocks in a piece of writing.
Before actually writing on the blocks I wanted to practice. So I cut out 96 paper rectangles to try out different words, and to work out which words to use, and which words to pair up on the blocks. The 96 words I ended up choosing were in several related sets, which I decided to distinguish by writing words from different sets in different colours.
I always like an excuse to bring out the Sharpies!
The ink had a tendency to bleed into the wood a little so I had to write with minimum contact. As far as I know I didn’t make any mistakes so I ended up with 48 blocks with a total of 96 different words. I could list the words here if anyone is interested.
The cost of the blocks was only £1.99 (The Works), but then I decided to buy a matt lacquer spray, at £8.99, to fix the ink and keep the blocks clean. There’s plenty of spray left so I’ll have to think of some more creative projects I can use it for!