Dominoes are a great way to practice counting and to work on number sense with preschoolers and kindergarten aged children.
Here is a fun twist on the classic dominoes game that you can make and play with your preschooler or kindergartner using post-it notes!
Here’s how to get started!
Grab your supplies. On the post-it notes begin by creating dominoes with the following numbers represented as dots (as shown below): 0-0, 1-1, 2-2, 3-3, 4-4, 5-5, and 6-6.
Then draw the follow numbers (represented by dots) on the post it notes: 1-2, 1-3, 1-4, 1-5, and 1-6.
2-0, 2-1, 2-3, 2-4, 2-5, and 2-6.
3-0, 3-1, 3-2, 3-4, 3-5, and 3-6.
4-0, 4-1, 4-2, 4-3, 4-5, and 4-6.
5-0, 5-1, 5-2, 5-3, 5-4, and 5-6.
6-0, 6-1, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4, and 6-5. And finally:
0-1, 0-2, 0-3, 0-4, 0-5 and 0-6.
Now, I unfortunately completely forgot to add zeros to our set of DIY post-it dominoes and only realized it while writing this blog post, so none of my photos will have zero dominoes. So do not forget zero in your set!
Shuffle and Deal
This game is best played on the wall so after you create all the post-it dominoes, stick them on the wall. When you stick them all on the wall try as best you can to “shuffle” them (i.e. put them in random order!).
Next, randomly choose seven post-it dominoes for you and seven for your child. Stick them on each side under the “pile”.
Time to Play!
Tell your child that the person with the highest double goes first and if no one has a double the person with the highest post-it domino goes first.
OK, now it’s time to start playing! But first show and well as explain to your child how to play by going first and explaining what you are doing. Basically, you match the numbers: zero to zero, one to one so on and so forth.
If you or your child can’t play any post-it dominoes in your hand then choose a post-it domino from the “pile” up top. Since you can see all the post-it dominoes, simply choose the first post-it domino and continue choosing one until you can play.
THIS WAS A TOTAL HIT!! It was also an amazing game for practicing counting and recognizing numbers and quantities. It is also a fantastic way to understand concepts like larger and smaller.
We played with our post-it dominoes several more times!
Save Your Post-it Dominoes
To save your post-it dominoes (because after all that work you can’t just toss them), simply collect them all in a pile. They should be good to use a few more times before they stop sticking to the wall!
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- Post-it Notes in different colours
- Black sharpie