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Extending this activity

  • -Using only the dominoes with numbers zero through five on them, play the same game but have the child find dominoes representing the sum. For example, if the parent were to say "ten", the child could pick up the domino with five dots on one side and five on the other.

    -Read the book “Domino Addition” by Lynnette Long.

Adjust for an older child

Use a full set of dominoes with the older child. Before playing review each dot pattern with the child, as the numbers seven through twelve aren’t as easily recognized.

Adjust for a younger child

Before playing the game, review each domino dot pattern with the child. Only include dominoes that have the numbers zero through four represented on them. As a general rule, children can subitize (or give the total without counting) up to their age. So if playing the game with a three year old, only use dominoes zero through three.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Number and Operations

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