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Ombre Tumbling Tower Game

It's fun to play (and make) with the whole family! Build a tower of wooden blocks, each one painted for a pop of color.

ombre tumbling tower game

Photography: Shanna Sullivan

Source: Martha Stewart


Build a timber tower with four blocks per layer placed crosswise, resulting in 48 blocks for 16 layers. To play the game, take turns removing a block from the bottom or middle of the tower using only one hand. The winner is the last one to remove a block without the tower crashing down! It's a great way to encourage healthy competition in kids and teach them how to win and lose gracefully.


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  • Wooden blocks (Pictured: CoolToys Timber Tower Wood Block Stacking Game, 48 pieces, $12,

  • Craft paint (Pictured: Martha Stewart Multi-surface Satin Paint Set in Mint and Pink Carnation​, $28.99 for 10,; Martha Stewart Multi-surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint in Wedding Cake, Celadon, Scallion, Ballet Slipper, Rose Pink, Pink Dahlia, and Party Streamer, $2.29 for 2 oz.,

  • Foam brush

  • Paint palette


  1. With a foam brush, lightly coat the short side of each wooden block in a color; choosing a different paint color per three blocks. Let dry completely.

    ombre tumbling tower diy
  2. Assemble wooden blocks in a stacked tower, three to a layer, from darkest to lightest in color.

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