Lately my two children have been crazy over dominoes. We started out playing this wooden animal domino game and they’ve gotten so good at it, they can play each other independently without any help at all from me. So, I figured it was time to introduce them to real dominoes. Playing with the real numbers isn’t much more difficult than playing with the animal pictures, and it’s great for counting and matching practice! To make it extra fun, I whipped them up their very own dominoes bath game in just about 10 minutes time!
Dominoes Bath Game
How to Make Dominoes for the Bath
Cut small rectangles from the sheets of craft foam. You will need 28 rectangles of the same size. Use the permanent marker to divide the dominoes in half with a line and add the dots to create a set that starts with 0-0 and goes up to 6-6.
Dominoes Bath Game Set Up and Play
Fill the tub with water and float the dominoes face down on the water.
Call the kids to the bath tub. Each child picks 7 dominoes and sticks them low on the wall in a row. The rest of the dominoes stay floating in the bath.
One child goes first and places a domino up on the bath tub wall. The other child tries to find a domino from their “hand” that can fit on either end of the played domino. They can count the dots or visually match up the patterns.
If a child doesn’t have a piece that matches, they can draw one domino from the floating pile. If the piece works, they may play it; otherwise they put it in their hand and play goes to the next child.
Keep playing until someone uses up all the pieces in their hand.
If you haven’t already, now is a good time to work on good sportsmanship! We try to make a big deal of congratulating the winner and offering a rematch in the future.
This game was cheap and simple to make, and will get tons of use in our house. It’s totally reusable, can be used in the bath or shower, and can be used dry anywhere in the house! If you haven’t played dominoes with your kids yet, get started! It’s such a great math and matching game that even little kids can play!
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