My first encounter with this game took place when I was over twenty years old, yet I still enjoyed it like my six year old niece. I remember her looking at the tower from all sides and trying to remove a block with her little fingers. What joy on her tiny face when she managed to remove one block without disturbing the stability of the tower!

A classic Jenga game consists of 54 blocks of wood and activates skills like eye-hand coordination and precision. After building a tower with three blocks on each level, the players can remove one block at a time using only one hand and place it on top of the tower. As the blocks are moved above, the tower becomes more unstable and the game ends when the tower falls. The winner is the last person who placed a block successfully.

One more thing: the name Jenga is derived from kujenga, a Swahili word which means “to build”.


  • Creator: Leslie Scott
  • Place of creation: Ghana
  • Date of creation: 1970
  • Type of game: Building blocks game
  • Players: 2 or more
  • Age: 5+
Jenga set