Nail Puzzle

This game always brings me back to my childhood. When I was growing up, I was lucky enough to be a part of a week long science camp every year. Between activities and age groups, we would spend time in the puzzle room that was filled with brain teasers like this one. Since a lot of kids are spending more and more time at home, I thought I’d share how to make one of my favorite puzzles – it’ll definitely keep them entertained!

All you need is:

A small flat block of wood about an inch thick

A hammer


To start off, sand your block so it’s smooth. Once you’ve sanded all the sharp splintery bits out, mark the middle. It doesn’t have to be perfectly in the middle, just close. Take one nail and hammer it about half an inch deep into the middle. Do your best to make sure it’s straight up and down and that the head is level.

Now that your puzzle is set up, the goal is to get as many nails as you can to balance on this one nail. The most I’ve ever seen was in the high 30s, but the fun was always challenging each other. If you check out the final picture, you can see how I learned to stack the nails! I hope you and your kids or your friends enjoy challenging each other. As always, if you take any fun pictures of any crafts, tag me on Instagram @SmileMakePeopleWonder and use the hashtag #DandelionSmiles. Don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss out on the next exciting idea!


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