November 22, 2015

Jenga XL -- the fun won't stop #holidaygiftguide #playlikehasbro

You take a block from the bottom and you put it on top, 
You take a block from the middle and you put it on top;
And it teeters and it totters as you build it all up, 
It wheebles and it wobbles but you just can't stop!

If you're looking for a great gift for kids on your list that does not require batteries, technology, a screen, tiny pieces, doesn't beep, buzz or make noise and is a LOT of fun -- I've got you covered. Oh, and it's less than $30 to boot.


Show of hands: who loved Jenga as a kid? I did, I did, and I can still hear those commercials in my head 20 plus years later. Well, now Jenga's been supersized -- in a great way.

Jenga XL is a jumbo version of the classic block-stacking game, using foldable cardboard blocks.  These blocks are great for little hands and the tower quickly builds up to about 3 feet tall. When you first open the game, you'll notice you need to assemble all the boxes, but then, it's time to play. 

Isabelle quickly got the hang of stacking the blocks and sneaking them out of position and building up the tower. When the tower came crashing down, it was time to pick up the pieces and start again. This building game teaches kids all about stability and balance, taking risks and concentration. It's a very strategic game that even my 3 year old was able to conquer. 

And while I AM a huge lover of technology, it's refreshing to have an activity that didn't require any additional materials or screens. Isabelle also quickly memorized the song and used it as her instructions -- you take a block from the bottom, and you put it on top.

Jenga XL is available at most department and toy stores and retails for $29.99. 

This one is Kid Approved and Simply Suppa Approved.




Disclaimer: I received a Jenga XL to test in order to write this review. As always, all opinions expressed on this blog are my own.

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