Question Review with Jenga and Bandu

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Call it what you will whether Tumbling Tower, Falling Blocks, Jenga, or Ta-Ka-Radi you can use this simple and inexpensive game to keep players motivated during a review session. In Jenga, the goal is to remove a block from the tower and stack it on top without making the tower fall. When using this game for review, the number of players doesn’t matter and neither does the content of the questions being asked. It’s quite versatile. I hope your players enjoy it as much as my students.

You can also use a kind of reverse-Jenga game called Bandu (published by Milton Bradley and based on a game calls Bausack). In Bandu, the goal is to build a tower on a base using pieces that are all differently shaped. The wooden pieces range from “normal” shapes like rods, beams, cones, and hoops to “unusual” shapes like trapezoids, cut cylinders, a goblet, and even an egg! Players take turns choosing a random building piece that they must integrate into their tower without making it fall. The winner is the player (or team) with the last tower standing.

Jenga Rules

  • Split players into teams.
  • Ask questions of individual players on teams in rotation so that everyone has a chance to answer.
    • Team A’s Player 1, Team B’s Player 1, Team C’s Player 1, THEN Team A’s Player 2, Team B’s Player 2, Team C’s Player 2, THEN Team A’s Player 3, etc.
  • Students who INCORRECTLY answer a question must remove a block. The block removed must be below the top-most completed layer of the tower.
  • Students who CORRECTLY answer a question choose a person from another team to remove a Jenga block. The block removed must be below the top-most completed layer of the tower. No one can be chosen more than 3 times in a row.
  • The winning team is the one that causes a player from another team to knock over the tower.

Bandu Rules

  • Split players into teams.
  • Ask questions of individual players on teams in rotation so that everyone has a chance to answer.
    • Team A’s Player 1, Team B’s Player 1, Team C’s Player 1, THEN Team A’s Player 2, Team B’s Player 2, Team C’s Player 2, THEN Team A’s Player 3, etc.
  • Students who INCORRECTLY answer a question must choose a piece randomly and integrate it into the team’s tower. No one can be chosen more than 3 times in a row.
  • Students who CORRECTLY answer a question choose a person from another team to integrate a random piece into their team’s tower.
  • The winning team is the one that causes a player from another team to knock over the tower.

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