Don't rock the tower!

a very simple stacking game that's easy to play
Supplies
About 30 wooden or foam blocks (see variations for other suggested items)
Setup

1. Seat all the children in a circle. Keep the teams small - 4 or 5 per team.
2. Make sure there is a flat surface in between them to build the tower. This could be a table, serving tray, wood floor, or book.
3. Divide the blocks evenly among the teams. Each team should have approximately 30.

How to Play

1. The first player places their block in the center of the circle.
2. The player to the left now adds their block, and so on around the circle. Once a block has been placed it can not be shifted or moved, that's what makes the game challenging.
3. The goal is to build the tower using all the blocks, making it as high as possible.
4. The taller the tower becomes, the more likely it is to fall. Players do their best not to "Rock the Tower."
4. Should the tower fall at any time, the blocks that have fallen (not those left standing) must be taken by the player who knocked them down.
5. The first player to get rid of all their blocks wins the game!

Variations

1. Use coins, dice, dominoes, popsicle sticks, plastic coins, even flat rocks.

Tips

Have fun with this - the more oohing, ahhing, and commiserating the better!

Stats
Activity Length
5 - 15 minutes
Age
Preschool
School-age
Tween
Teen
Adult
Senior
Competitiveness
Either/or (can be played either way)
Difficulty
Easy peasy (fun and simple)
Indoor/Outdoor
Either
Mess Factor
Clean and tidy
Noise Level
Semi-rambunctious
Number of Players
2
3 to 4
5 to 10
Prep Time
5 minutes or less
Space Needed
Small (a clearable open space the size of a 1-car garage)
Team Division
Every man for himself (individual players)