Dominoes is a classic game that has been around for decades. This simple matching game teaches patterns, math skills, and socialization. In addition to playing the game, people like to stand the pieces on end in patterns or lines, tip them over, and see what happens!
Dominoes in the Classroom
Playing dominos is fun, yet challenging—especially as you add more people to the game. Students will need to quickly recognize patterns in order to play the appropriate tile, while also taking care to realize what moves they’re setting up for the next player. Strategy comes into play as the outstanding dominos start to dwindle, forcing students to think critically and make tactful decisions. Proficient players will even learn to anticipate opponent moves and plan for them accordingly!
How to Play
The object of traditional Dominoes is to get rid of all of your tiles first. To start the game, tiles are evenly distributed amongst players, with any extras being either played immediately or removed from the game. Students take turns playing a domino that has the same number of pips as an open ended domino hat has already been played.
A good player can quickly survey the table to see what tiles have already been played, which will give them an idea of what the other players have in their hands. If that player has a four-pip tile and sees that the other 7 have already been played, playing the tile with the four-pip end out will guarantee no one else can play off of the tile. This leaves the player with 1 less tile, while confounding the other players!
Set is made of strong, solid hardwood and is engraved with colorfast finish on 28 tiles. For 2 to 4 players, ages 7 and up.