These aren't your ordinary blocks, though. The planks are precision cut and identical in size, making for some very stable building pieces. They are still a great source of entertainment, even though my kids are now almost 12 and 14. My son had a friend over the other day and this is what they came up with:
After his friend left, my kids decided to make a giant Jenga game out of the tower. If you aren't familiar with Jenga, a (much smaller) tower is built of wooden pieces and opponents slowly remove a piece while trying to keep the structure from falling. Whomever collapses the tower loses the game.
They found they had to remove quite a few to even get the structure to budge.
Soon the bottom collapsed, but the structure was still standing.
Just a couple more...
Down comes the rest! Unfortunately my camera didn't capture much of the exciting fall. Though you can see the delight it created!
Great fun for a tween and teen, no? It sure beats video games!