Three Stacking Games to Test Your Dexterity and Skill

Games designed around stacking, unstacking, or balancing parts can be fun for the entire family.

Of all the ways to pass a few hours as a family, gameplay has about as positive an effect as anything you can do. Classic board games, endless variations of cards, and trivia challenges all have their fans, but nothing actually tests physical aptitude like a good old stacking game. There are any number of variations meant to develop fine motor skills, hone memory, and promote togetherness, but they all have one goal in common. So, gather your family and friends around the game pieces, and find out how everyone stacks up! Here are a few ways to play.

The OG

Includes 54 hardwood blocks. Or upgrade to the Giant edition, which stacks up to 3 feet higher. Jenga

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Arrange a bunch of uniformly sized blocks into a compact tower, start tweezing them out brick by brick, each player in turn, and find out who can be the last to keep the wobbling structure upright. Last one “standing” is the winner. This classic stacker requires both patience and strategy as each player removes the blocks that will leave their opponents in an increasingly precarious position.

Skyscraper Versions

If you enjoy classic Jenga, you’ll love this supersized bad boy. Yard Games

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For an exciting twist on tabletop stacking games, try a full-size outdoor version. The jumbo timbers make a friendly and competitive focal point for backyard barbecues, pool parties, and other gatherings. You may need a pedestal of some sort to stabilize the stack and bring it up to standing height. But other than that, simply place a stack of these in the middle of any event and see how long it takes to draw a crowd.

Easy to Play

If you think you’re good at stacking games, try stacking and balancing at the same time. Melissa & Doug

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Besides having steady hands, a sense of touch is the main requirement for getting good at block stackers. For a different twist, try games that combine stacking with a keen sense of balance. In addition to being easy to play and a whole lot of fun, balancing and stacking games promote the healthy social interaction and critical thinking that pediatricians recognize as important to early childhood development.