ZenTower is a travel-sized toppling tower manufactured from only the finest beechwood, sourced from sustainable sources. As a hardwood, Beech is ideal for children's toys, as the blocks will not splinter, or warp when wet. Each of ZenTower’s 54 beechwood blocks are handcrafted, have no paint or varnish applied and are not treated with any preservatives or chemicals whatsoever, so they are nontoxic if I child should put one in or near its mouth, though to prevent such occurrences from happening, we highly recommend that there be adult supervision at all times if played with by children, or if there are babies nearby the play area. Though the size of the blocks make choking very unlikely, there IS ALWAYS A CHOKING HAZARD, especially in regards to children 36 months or younger.
When fully assembled, a ZenTower’s dimensions are 5.3cm x 5.3cm x 18cm and each of ZenTower's 54 individual blocks are 5.1cm x 1.7cm x 1cm. Its beautiful aqua coloured gradient printed box is around 19cm tall and includes information regarding manufacture, materials & game suggestions. Also, the box carries the trending iconic JeanRobin by Redbreast "Rouge-gorge" emblem.
Not unlike all of JeanRobin’s Redbreast range of products, ZenTowers are eco-friendly, biodegradable & fully compostable. These toppling towers are hand manufactured from only the finest beech hardwood, sourced from sustainable sources. As a hardwood, Beech is ideal for children’s toys, as the blocks will neither splinter nor warp when wet. Each of the 54 blocks are individually handcrafted, non-toxic & have absolutely no paint or varnish applied. When fully assembled, Zen Tower’s dimensions are 5.3cm x 5.3cm x 18cm and each individual block is 5.1cm x 1.7cm x 1cm. Fantastic for teaching hand-eye co-ordination & fine motor skills, ZenTower is a game for the entire family to enjoy. Its smaller size means it's also easily transportable, so perfect for Holiday Vacations.
ZenTower is a unique & novel reimagining of the original toppling tower, elevating it from not only a children’s toy, but a desktop curiosity, a conversation-piece and a stress relieving exercise for those in the corporate world of commerce where stress relief, mental balance, peace of mind and Zen principles in general can play a huge part in achieving success in whatever you put your mind to.
This is due to the fact that unlike the original concept, you are now not allowed to use your hands, whatsoever!
Instead, you use a pair of wooden stylus (chopsticks) to push, tap, prod and pinch the blocks from their original position in the assembled tower, and stack them atop as usual. You will find this makes the original game much more challenging & fun to play, calming for the nerves as well as the mind, and cultivates motor skills in both children and adults alike. Only with the powers of observation, patience, persistence & balance will one ever hope to master the Zen principles & mindset behind what is the ultimate toppling tower. The smaller size means it is easily transportable and apart from playing with it or using it as a stress reliever whilst out trekking the world, it’s just as at home on the desk of a chief exec or businessperson, as it would be in the playroom of a child.
Game Possibilities :
‘The Sound of One Hand Stacking’
As a game of solitaire & an effective stress reliever, you can pick out the blocks and stack them atop the tower by yourself, noting how high you were able to stack them without toppling it, then during your next ZenTower session you can attempt to beat your record. If you are playing a competitive game then at least two players are required for a game & we recommend no more than 4 players, but theoretically there is no limit to the amount of participants. We’ll use 2 players as an example when explaining the game rules. There are two popular styles of play, the first is when player one sees how high they can pick and stack the tower and note is taken by either both players or a third party after each turn so as to note exactly how high the tower was stacked by the player before it toppled (this can be either as a measurement with a ruler or tape-measure, or it can be the total amount of “stories” there were in the tower when it collapsed. After player one’s tower has toppled and note taken of his progress, player two now picks & stacks the blocks until they too reach the inevitable moment of collapse. The progress of both players is compared, the winner being the player with the highest tower either as a measurement or as a count of the “stories”.
The other most popular way to play, is a game where, instead of each player picking out blocks and stacking them atop until their ZenTower topples, the players take turns prodding, pulling, nudging and picking out just one Zen block with their chopsticks, or chopstick, then stacking the block atop the ZenTower. The next player now does the same and it matters not whether it’s two players or more players playing, when the tower toppled, ‘whichever player’s watch it happened on’ loses and is eliminated. The tower is then stacked and if more than two, the remaining players play on till it inevitably topples once more, thus eliminating whichever player had their turn when it fell (their turn begins when they pick up either just one or both chopsticks). This continues until one player
‘The Naked ZEN’
A game not unlike strip-poker, where instead of all other players paying the price after one player’s achievement, it’s the losing player this time who must face a fun and harmless punishment of sorts. the player who loses might, for example, then strip an item of clothing off, drink a shot, or some similar such forfeiture.
Once again (and we can never stress this enough) Please drink responsibly...
*Redbreast Ltd take no responsibility for any mishaps related to alcohol intoxication whilst playing with Zen Tower.
As far as the act of using one or two chopsticks is concerned, it doesn’t matter, just as long as you DO NOT use your hands or anything else other than either a single chopstick of a pair of chopsticks to ‘get the job done’
Not suitable for children under 36 months of age, and though safe for a child to assemble, an adult should always be present to supervise.