Summer Fun with DIY Tetris

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Usually the thought of the kids being home during the Summer scares me, but I think I finally got it all figured out. Each morning the kids do math worksheets and reading before they can watch any TV or play games and the minute they hint at being bored... I bring out the art projects! Of course a major part of a successful Summer day is always having ice cream on hand because let's face it, Ice Cream makes everything better.

This Summer I really wanted to create some fun games that we could play together as a family and since we spend so much of our time outdoors it had to be outdoor friendly. What would be a better boredom buster than DIY TETRIS? TETRIS was my FAVORITE game when I was a kid, I would play for hours on my Gameboy. This DIY version is fun to make and you could play again and again and again. 

To make your own DIY Tetris here's what you'll need. 

  • Wood Blocks (these are measured at 3/4" but go bigger if you want)
  • Acrylic paints in various colors (Orange, Green, Yellow, Dark Blue, Light Blue, Purple, Red and Yellow)
  • Wood Glue

I bought all of these supplies at my local Hobby Lobby and all for under $10. I'm sure you can find similar products and prices at your local hobby or craft store. 

First you'll notice that each TETRIS piece uses four blocks. You can see the shapes above. 

Once you've figured out all of your shapes, get gluing. You only need a dab of the glue and although the instructions on the glue say to let sit for 6 hours, mine bonded after a few minutes. 

Next step is deciding which shape will be which color, then you get to paint. The kids will have fun with this part. 

I was so excited as I watched the pieces come together. Once the paint is dry, they are ready for playing! This TETRIS game is obviously different than the video game. It ended up being a sort of Jenga type of game for the kids, but I was teaching them to try and make the pieces fit to make a perfect block. They had the most fun just building until it toppled over, but it went on for quite some time. For me, that's a win. 

Have you noticed that when the kids are home for the Summer you make more Walmart trips than usual? The ice cream aisle is definitely frequented more often too. I know I'm not the only one who loves Ice cream shopping. You've got to mix it up and try something new. This time we got DREYER’S Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream and DREYER’S BabyRuth Ice Cream, because how could I say no to that?

See, hot Summer days are just more fun with games and ice cream. Whether the kids are bored or need a game to play while the food is cooking, this DIY TETRIS game is perfect. 

Okay go ahead and look at that ice cream right there, that is the DREYER’S Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream and it is delicious! DREYER’S totally got it right by adding flavors inspired by your favorite candies like Nestlé Butterfinger® Peanut Butter Cups and Baby Ruth®, I love adding mix-ins to my ice cream, but I don't have to do that with these new ice cream flavors. DREYER’S also proudly makes their ice cream with fresh milk and cream and with no rBST (milk production hormone), artificial flavors or colors. SOLD!
This right here is what Summer is all about, togetherness. Ice cream and games is what brings everyone together during the hot Summer days. So stay cool! Check out this list to see if a Walmart near you is having a DREYER'S demo! and check out the fun video below.