Make Your Own Wooden Block Tower
Before we begin with the construction of this game, let's go over few basic concepts. To prepare the tower, we will require 3 blocks adjacent to one another in order to stack them properly. For example, if the first layer has 3 blocks placed vertically, then the next 3 blocks should be placed horizontally. Make sure each layer has equal distribution of blocks so that when you play the game, the weight distribution doesn't become an issue.
The Exact Dimensions
As discussed earlier, the total number of blocks you require will depend upon the length of the tower. Similarly, the dimensions of the blocks can also vary. The main ideology to keep in mind is that every block should be 3 times as long as the width. And the height of each block should be about half the size of the width.
However, you can cut shorter blocks as well. The only thing is that there won't be that much space left between the layers. The following table gives you specific dimensions to make the block tower. You can decide how many blocks you wish to use in order to make the huge tower.
|# of Blocks||Length||Width||Height|
|50||21 cm||7 cm||4.5 cm|
|60||21 cm||5 cm||3.4 cm|
|60||19 cm||6.2 cm||3.7 cm|
Construction of the Tower
You will need to measure and cut the blocks of wood according to the size you prefer. Make sure all the sizes of the blocks are as per the length, height, and width given in the table. Otherwise, your tower will be wobbly from the get-go. First make a prototype block that matches the dimensions perfectly and then cut and sand each piece of wood (don't shave). By doing so, you won't waste a lot of wood and finish building the tower much quicker.
Rules of the Game
Once your monster tower is built, invite your family and friends over for a picnic and get ready for some fun time. Now in order to play the game, you need to know the rules and instructions for the game. And here they are.
- You can't remove the blocks from the top 3 layers.
- If you have constructed any new layers on top, rule #1 doesn't apply to it.
- The objective of each player should be to keep the tower stable.
- A player can use one hand to keep the tower stable while removing another block.
- A player can extract and / or move the blocks from the tower; the only condition is that another block should be added to the top (first) layer.
- While playing the game, you can stop and wait for the wind to die down (if it's too windy and the tower seems like it's about to topple over).
- After the first player is done removing the block, the second player has to wait for at least 5 seconds to see if the tower is stable and doesn't fall over.
- A player can stack blocks horizontally or vertically on the top layer.
- But the third block placed on that layer should be aligned to the previous block.
- The game doesn't have any sort of time limit and can be played for as long as the players prefer.