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Angry Birds Star Wars Fighter Pods Jenga Death Star: A Great PreTeen Boys Gift Idea
Have You Wondered About The Angry Birds Star Wars Fighter Pods Jenga Death Star Game for Your Boys?
I was hunting for a great gift for my son's 12th birthday, and being that my sons love (LOVE) Star Wars, the Angry Birds Star Wars Jenga Game definitely caught my attention. Knowing boys can love clever twists on popular themes, I had a hunch that this one would be a winner. I was so right!
As a math teacher, I love it when a quirky game involves some learning and problem solving concepts, too. This game promotes creative thought and adjusting, just as the popular Angry Birds apps and games do. There are great physics and math concepts integrated into the theme, and this game is no exception. Does that mean that your child will ace math by playing this game? Not likely. However, there are some fantastic concepts to be explored that can later translate into physics and math connections. While fun is the main point, your child can also experience some hands on physics.
One caution, and I haven't faced this yet, a little supervision is important so that siblings don't aim at each other or at breakables.
The Real Life Concept is Very Similar to the Popular Bird App Concept: Knock Down Vader!
Star Wars Jenga Game for Boys
Star Wars themes for kids are fun and rarely seem to grow old. There are tons of options available for kids to enjoy, and it's never surprising to see a new twist. This was a fun choice for my son's birthday. Of course, there is never any complaint about Star Wars gifts on any level...Legos and action figures abound.
Your son will love aiming at the Jenga blocks that form a pig shaped Death Star. Storm troopers and Darth Vader inhabit areas, and points are scored as they are knocked from their roosts by flying Angry Bird Star Wars Characters aimed with a shuttle shaped catapult. Solo play is fun, but a little healthy competition is great too.
The Birthday Boy and His Star Wars Angry Birds Death Star: Jenga at its Best!
Cautions as your son plays the Angry Birds Game
Set rules for targets. Creative kids will figure out how to set up back stops with boxes and other blockades so that they aren't chasing loose Angry Birds all over the place. Suggest safe areas with little risk of flying birds hitting fragile decorations or windows. While the birds are created of a rubbery material, there's always the potential that a creative kid will get carried away.
Different Angry Bird figures have different weights. Your son will enjoy isolating the characteristics and responses of the different figures. Generally, heavier characters need more force to move sufficiently far or with enough force to knock down Jenga blocks. Lighter weight characters fly more rapidly and are easier to over shoot. This is part of the problem solving fun...don't tell you child what will happen. Challenge him to figure out how to adjust.
You'll find additional Angry Birds Star Wars themed items shown here. I'm not sure that any looks quite as fun as the Jenga game, though!
Catapult Ship is a Great Toy for Exploring Physics in a Fun Context
Translating Concepts into Other Pursuits - Archery is a good follow up to Angry Birds Catapult Games
Your older son may find that archery concepts are fun if he enjoys the problem solving and aiming issues associated with Angry Birds Jenga Star Wars activities. My 16 year old son really enjoys archery, and while you need to have space for such activities to be accomodated, it's a worthwhile pursuit that requires concentration and adjustment. If you have active sons, these can be worthwhile pursuits and excellent directions for excess energy to be used.
My son has a couple of bales of straw out back for shooting his bow and arrow set. However, if you aren't in a location that provides the space needed, think about fun and safe options like Nerf blaster sets.