DIY Outdoor Tumbling Blocks

October 02, 2016

DIY Outdoor Tumbling Blocks

A quick and fun project to do with the kids - make a set of tumbling blocks (or Jenga as we call it in our house) for playing with outside.

What you need:

  • 7 x 1.2m lengths of 40x18mm dressed timber
  • Saw
  • Ruler
  • Sand paper

You could use any size of timber, and could also buy it per metre and not have lots of little off cuts as we did. This was just the cheapest way to buy the timber at our local store.

It's as simple as this. Cut the timber into lengths 3 times their width - in this case that's 120mm. We used a mitre saw to do this, and to make life easy, I clamped a block in place as a stopper so that I just had to push the timber up to it and cut with no need to measure and mark each. But you could happily do this with a hand saw.

But wait, before you start cutting get your sand paper (or a small block plane if you have one) and sand/plane the edges of each length of timber - it's much easier to do them when they are full length than when they are small blocks.

Once you've cut up all your timber take a seat and sand the ends of the blocks. This is a fun activity to do with the kids.

And that's it, you're done and dusty. Set them up and play. And let your imagination think of all sorts of ways to use the blocks for games.

 






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