DIY, Teacher Hack, Teacher Life

Colored Jenga Blocks!

I love using games in the classroom to engage and motivate students to learn and participate. One of my favorite games is Jenga! I wrote a donorschoose.org project last year to get 2 sets of colored Jenga blocks. We used them as a center rotation and the kids loved them. I really wanted 5 more sets to use whole group. Colored Jenga blocks, however, are rather expensive.

Well, I found a great deal on regular Jenga blocks. They were 5 dollars a set. I jumped on the deal and decided I could definitely paint these. If you know me, I am not a DIY kinda teacher. I am the complete opposite. They haven’t turned out too bad though! If you’d like to make your own colored blocks, here is the quick and easy way I painted them.

 

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I used acrylic paint from Walmart. I also bought paint brushes and matte modge podge there. I’m sure there are better options that crafty people know of but, it worked just fine. I picked colors that matched the blocks I already had in my room. You can pick any colors you want though!

20190722_162923.jpg20190722_162930.jpgTo prep the blocks, we rubbed them with a scotch bright a few times. Just to take off the glossy topcoat they already had on them. That was the worst part of the whole thing.

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After that, we painted the blocks. It took 2 coats to cover the blocks completely. I let them dry fro 24 hours and then painted a modge podge coat over it! Super easy. I have two sets finished, one set drying for the clear coat, and the other two are sanded and ready for paint.

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Stay tuned to see how I use Jenga in the classroom!

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