Colorful Giant Jenga

Another project down!  K.C.’s sister reached out to him and requested that he build her this game for her students.  It’s always more fun to do something like this when you know it’s going to serve such an amazing purpose.  She works at an elementary school in a classroom with students who have a variety of special needs. This Jenga style block game is going to be helping non-verbal students learn their colors and assist in gross motor skills as well as aid students with behavioral disorders to develop social skills.  It will be a fun reward for them to get to play when they have been doing well!  We are definitely going to need to convince him to build a second set for us to play outside with our friends this summer, but for now I think he is worn out from the many hours of sanding he spent getting those babies smooth!

While this project is fairly simple, it does require quite a bit of time (if you don’t want anyone getting slivers during the game)!  Here’s how you can create your own if you’re feeling inspired.

Shopping List:

  • (6) 2 x 4 – 8 ft long
  • Acrylic Paint

Tools:

  • Miter Saw
  • Palm Sander with 120 Grit Paper
  • Vice Grip Locking C-Clamp

Cut List:

  • 54 – 2 x 4 @ 10 1/2″ each

The shopping list for this project is short, but it’s very important to take your time in picking out six QUALITY boards.  Some of the big box stores have a lot of bad apples in their stacks.  Make sure they are straight on all edges.

boards

Using a stop block jig will really speed up the process of cutting the 54 individual pieces. It’s a trick that K.C. picked up during his house framing days and is great to use anytime you need a lot of boards cut to the same measurement.  Basically, you just clamp a board to the saw base and measure out the length that you need to cut.

stop-block-jig-1 stop-block-jig

Once you have all of the blocks cut, grab your headphones and find a nice long book on Audible or tune to your favorite music station.  You’re going to be spending the next several hours sanding!

block-stack

The final step is completely optional, but we chose to paint the edges of the blocks since part of their purpose is to help kids with color recognition.

paint   painted-blocks

What better way to transport and store these than a Deluxe Utility Tote?!  I don’t know the exact weight of all of the blocks, but I think this tote is actually supposed to hold around 60 lbs.  I can’t imagine anyone would want to carry a bag that heavy, though I did make K.C. pick it up for the photo op!  Here are some pictures of the finished game.

dut-with-jenga

 

 

 

 

 

kc      final-stack

 

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