We have a game that you will fight over with kids to play it. It’s called Tetris. Remember it?
Don’t worry. No need to go look for your old tetris device or download any game apps.
I have a version of tetris today, that doesn’t require batteries. DIY PAPER TETRIS.
DIY Paper Tetris
First, print all the files: 2 pages of tetris pieces (tetrominoes), tetris board and score sheet and instructions. For better durability print tetrominoes on cardstock paper. Leave your name and email address at the form below and I will send you paper tetris printables instantly.
Then, cut out all the tetrominoes. Be precise, it will be worth it.
DIY Paper Tetris rules
There are few ways to play Paper Tetris, but the end goal of this game is to have the least amount of empty spots on the board after the first tetrominoe reaches the top of the board. Be strategic!
Each empty spot you have after game is over counts as 1 score. The smaller the score number, the better. Track your scores on the scoresheet.
LEVEL 1 (easy version) Place all the cut out tetrominoes next to the tetris board. Take one by one and try to fit all the tetrominoes as good as you can leaving the least amount of empty spots possible.
LEVEL 2 (harder version) Place all tetrominoes in a brown bag. Randomly pull out tetrominoes and try to fit on the tetris board. No looking while you pick the pieces.
Remember, the goal of this game is to get the least empty spots possible.
This paper tetris is good to play for 1 person or as many as you want. If you have more than 1 player, you have two choices.
Choice Nr1. Print seperate copies of the game for each player.
Choice Nr.2 Players take turns on putting the tetrominoes on the board. The player whose tetrominoe touches the top of the board – burns (loses the game).
Did you know?
According to research prolonged Tetris activity can lead to more efficient brain activity during play. When first playing Tetris, brain function and activity increases, along with greater cerebral energy consumption, measured by glucose metabolic rate. As Tetris players become more proficient, their brains show a reduced consumption of glucose, indicating more efficient brain activity for this task. Moderate play of Tetris (half-an-hour a day for three months) boosts general cognitive functions such as “critical thinking, reasoning, language and processing” and increases cerebral cortex thickness. Pretty cool, huh?
It’s WEEKEND 3 of our Weekend Camp at Home where we share easy and fun (and secretly educational) games and activities that kids can play independently and give you a much needed break in the weekend, so you can clean your garage, plant some flowers in the garden or who am I kidding – sit down, sip your drink and enjoy your book.