And the blocks came tumbling down

(Shirley Smith)

Shirley Smith

The Saddleback quad hosts several games and activities. One is called Jenga, and is played with rectangle wooden blocks about 2 x 6 inches. The first row of blocks are stacked three across, the next row is stacked in the opposite direction. Stacking continues in this manner until there is a tower of blocks. The players then take turns removing one block at a time until the tower falls, and the blocks come tumbling down.

Games are located in the quad area for anyone to play. The games include: chess, checkers, connect four and jenga. New quad lounge chairs are available nearby for cheering spectators or to simply observe the action.

Jenga was created by Leslie Scott in the 70s and played within her family. Scott was born and raised in East Africa speaking Swahili. In Swahili Jenga means “build.” She refused to let Irwin Toy or The Hasbro Corporation change the name (freshpeel).

For the entire interview with the Leslie Scott visit:
http://freshpeel.com/2009/11/interview-with-leslie-scott-the-creator-of-the-game-jenga/

For more on the game:
http://www.hasbro.com/common/instruct/jenga.pdf

(Shirley Smith)

(Shirley Smith)

(Shirley Smith)

(Shirley Smith)

(Shirley Smith)

Richard Pettus, 18, undecided; Kevin Wei, 18, business administration; and Javier Hernandez, 19, undecided, playing a recreational game of Jenga on campus. (Shirley Smith)

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