Dominos is a fun and entertaining game of matching pictures, letters, numbers, or sets.
- The domino tiles are kept in a pile or a stack face down on the table.
- Each player draws 5 or 7 tiles.
- The youngest player goes first and each player takes a turn in a clockwise positions.
- The first player chooses a tile to lay first. (They should place a double first if they have one.)
- Each player then will place a tile touching a matching tile. Tiles may touch by sides that match either in a row, parallel, or perpendicular. Sides may not touch if they have different pictures.
- If a player does not have a tile to play, they must "pass".
- The games ends when a player uses all of his tiles or no more tiles can be played (game is "blocked").
- The winner is the player with the fewest tiles.
Ideas for sets of dominoes:
When playing a game such as dominoes in an instructional ot therapy manner, have the students name each picture as they play. This will reinforce the concept in the picture on the domino.
If you use photos from an event such as a class field trip, the students could talk about the picture on their domino as they play to share and reinforce their experience.
A child with Autism may use a set of dominoes with photos to help learn the names of familiar people or classmates.
Create a set of dominoes for...
- A category or class theme of pictures: parts of the body, animals, transportation, ocean, community helpers, etc.
- Social skills development: classroom rules, feelings, etc.
- Photos: classmates, people from around a school, familar people, historical figures for Black History Month, etc.
- Rhyimg words
- Pictures that begin with the same letter or letters: S words, ch words, etc.
- Pictures that contain a letter or sound: pictures of spelling words, pictures that contain sh at the end of the word, etc.
- Vowel letters
- Numeral 1 through 5
- Letters in a child's name
- Specific memory practice: US Presidents, specific US states, famous painting, architecture
- Time: faces of a clock
- Characters or scenes from a story
- Photos from a field trip