If your prone to any level of anxiety, Jenga isn’t the game for you. You know the game? You stack the little wooden pieces and then one at a time try to remove the pieces without toppling the entire stack…. cue heart palpitations and flop sweat. Well, my kids aren’t old enough to play Jenga. Eat Jenga, yes… but play Jenga, no. So when I saw this game for cheap at Homegoods, I had different things in mind for it.
Materials for this #WednesdayPlayday activity? A Jenga-like game. Velcro. Glue. (Mega glue… trust me.)
My idea was simply to cover these wooden pieces with velcro to make a fun set of textural/ tactile building blocks for Martha. The first go around, I used hot glue. All seemed right with the world until I started sticking the blocks together and the velcro was stronger than the hot glue… meaning it pulled off of the blocks. Velcro 1, Fun Jenga building blocks: 0. Then I tried Tacky Glue. Velcro 2, Fun Jenga building blocks: 0.
Plan C was to use a mega glue. I grabbed my Gorilla Glue but I suspect super glue or epoxy would work just as well. Same routine…. glue the strips of velcro onto each block and weigh it down with something heavy for a couple of hours.
I had a thin sheet of crafting wood so I went ahead and covered this with some velcro to provide a ‘base’ on which the blocks could be built.
These blocks fit into a small bag and are a great project to pull out when I need to kill 5 minutes before a meal. They don’t make any mess and are just challenging enough for Martha to pull apart that she’s intrigued by the whole process. Apparently Martha was sucking on some watercolors as appetizers on this day.
Eleanor is big into building these days so she enjoys making castles and kitten beds and things. And Oliver is usually jumping off the coffee table so hasn’t had a turn with these yet. Oh… this outfit? I think it involves Rapunzel and long hair; that gray thing is the cover to our sandbox. And yep… Oliver’s wearing his sister’s tights.
You can find more #WednedsayPlayday activities here.
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