Keep naming off different numbers, occasionally repeating numbers so that the child can see that there are more than one way to create the appropriate number.

Keep an eye on which dominos are left and which numbers can be formed. Play just like the card game war, but flipping dominoes instead of cards.

Encourage the child to guess who has the higher number before naming the number. You can also incorporate subtraction into the game.

Announce the total number of dots and then show the child one of the dominoes. Ask how many dots must be on the other domino. Then let the child have a turn taking two, totaling them and asking you which number must be on the missing dominos.

If you can keep it casual enough you can challenge the child to figure out what possible combinations of dots there are that would make up the missing number.

Lay all the dominos out face down. Take turns removing dominos and recording the number of dots. With an older child just use a sheet of paper and count up the dots.

With a younger child use an abacus or write the number of dots with tallies — four lines with the fifth going across, and two sets of five per row.

Practicing with tallies or an abacus helps the child to recognize ten, twenty, thirty, etc as being groups of tens, and it helps give practice at recognizing patterns like if you have seven five and two already out, you need three more to finish up the row of ten.

I linked my Origami Christmas Stars to the Christmas ideas linky. We have dominoes and now we have more things to do with them! Marvelous Math Monday Joy of Education.

There are many more we could put in, including domino magic squares. We'll add to this collection in future features. Perhaps you would like to invent your own game; there are some ideas to build on here and NRICH will publish any good games sent in.

You may find our Dominoes Environment useful too. A set of dominoes usually consists of 28 rectangular dominoes, each having two squares with 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 spots.

Every combination is represented. The value of the domino is the sum of the values of the two squares. Use a readymade set of dominoes or make one for yourself out of cardboard; then you can enjoy many different games and puzzles.

The basic rule in playing dominoes is that you make a chain of dominoes placing them end to end. In extending a chain, you always match one square of one of your dominoes to a square on the end of the chain.

The exception to this is if you have a double domino - one with the same number on both squares. In this case, you can match both squares of the domino to one on the end of the chain, by placing the double domino perpendicularly across the end of the chain, like this: This creates a branch in the chain, and you now count both squares on the double domino as ends of the chain which can be built upon.

Of course, if you prefer, you can just play the double domino in the usual way. The players all start with the same number of dominoes and you win if you are the first player to use up ALL your dominoes.

If there are extra dominoes at the start they are placed face down as the 'pool'. Usually the player with the highest double starts.

When it is your turn, you place one of your dominoes on one end of the chain and, if you cannot do so, then you have to pass, taking one domino from the pool if it is not empty.

You play dominoes in the usual way but you score points when the dominoes at the ends of the chain add up to a multiple of 5 or a multiple of 3.

Divide the total on the ends by 5 or 3 and add the answer to the player's score. If the end total is divisible by both 5 and 3 then you score both, so for the end total of 15 you score 8 points.

You also score 10 points for being the first to finish, plus one point for every domino held by another player, but you might not be the winner even if you do finish first.

If the fat spinner is a , the player gets to take a second turn, if the fat spinner is a , all the players are under a spell until it is broken, and if the fat spinner is a , the normal play circle is reversed.

Watch for the person with the lowest dominoes, because the person who runs out of dominoes first wins. If everyone still has dominoes but no one can take a turn, the person with the fewest dominoes wins.

If there is a tie, count up the pips on their remaining dominoes; the person with the smallest number wins. Based out of Arizona, Kassie Kleifgen has been publishing articles on eHow.

She writes primarily about dance, drawing, crafts, education, and building large projects. Kleifgen graduated with an Associate of the Arts in dance education and a Bachelor of Science in elementary education.

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