DIY Upcycled Jenga Memory Game

Want a fun, versatile game to use as an independent center or group game? Then check out this upcycled Jenga memory game!

Items to Gather:

  • Jenga game, can be found at any large retail store, maybe your never used game closet, or even a thrift store! I prefer the metal canister, it's much more durable...but not necessary. 
  • a variety of scrapbook paper 
  • scissors or paper cutter
  • double sided tape or 2 way adhesive
  • small piece of sandpaper 
  •  letters: you can use a cutting machine to cut your words/letters, use self-adhesive letters, or even write the words/letters with a Sharpie! They can be found at Wal-Mart with the craft supplies or even with the mailbox numbers. You can even use scrapbook letter stickers (as shown in the picture below).


1. Lay the scrapbook paper of your choice face down. 
2. Trace one of the Jenga blocks.
3. Cut the shape out
4. Using your two way adhesive, adhere the paper to one side of the wooden block.
5. Using the sandpaper, gently sand the edges of the paper...this will give the block a finished look, as well as take care of any edges that might be hanging off the side of the block.
6. Continue process making as many blocks as desired.
7. Using the lettering you choose attach the letters/words to the papered side of the block.
8. As for your container: using the paper of your choice (as well as your two sided adhesive) cut the paper to size and simply wrap the container adhering all loose edges. 
9. Label/Title your game as you choose using the lettering of your choice. 
10. The students will flip all the blocks face down and play memory!

Other Tips/Suggestions:

1. You can create MANY different games for various subjects using this process, possibilities are endless: synonym match, antonym match, math problems, etc.
2. To help protect your lettering and paper: coat the decorated/letters with a layer or two of Mod Podge. 
3. If you don't have the original container or want to make more than one game from a Jenga set you can use different canisters or storage containers (ex: Pringles can). Again,  possibilities are endless!

Best of Luck!

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