Counting with Dominoes

BY ON Feb 21, 2016
Number Sense - Counting with Dominoes.  I love these large wooden domino blocks!

Dominoes are a great learning resources and an excellent manipulative for developing number sense and maths skills. They build upon dice patterns, help children read and name small collections of groups (subitising), addition, counting, matching, sorting, classifying and so much more.

 

Here is one example of playing and learning with dominoes on a larger scale using large wooden dominoes. This invitation to play provides children with the opportunity to explore and manipulate the dominoes and tools provided and learn about basic number sense skills.

 

We also left this opportunity to play out for a couple of days and the ideas and experiences developed and changed every time.

 

What you will need?

Using dominoes in maths - great manipulative to develop number sense and maths skills

You will need large dominoes, magnetic or wooden numbers and a variety of different tokens/counters.

 

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The tokens we used in our activity included wooden buttons, transparent tokens, and felt balls.

 

Some other alternatives you may like to use; pompoms, buttons, glass gems, stones, pebbles, bottle tops and blocks.

 

As another option, you could also introduce play dough into the play experience and children can roll small balls of play dough to place over the dots.

 

Let’s Play

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We did not traditionally play dominoes by the rules but the children had the right idea about matching the same numbers together.

Some Ideas:

  • Talk about and predict which dominoes have the most dots on them or the least amount of dots on them.

 

Let’s Play Some More!

Using dominoes in maths lessons - great manipulative for developing number sense

Placing the different tokens onto the domino dots and counting out loud. Adding the different type of tokens or counters makes the activity so much fun and motivating.

 

Let’s Learn

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At times the children would match the tokens or create patterns and at other times they enjoyed mixing them up as they were counting.

 

Let’s Learn

Counting Activity Using Large Wooden Domino Blocks

Counting out loud and using the magnetic and wooden numbers to match the number of dots shown. For example placing the number 6 next to the six dots/felt balls and so on.

 

Let’s Learn

Super simple and fun way to play and learn with dominoes - counting, subitising, addition

Learning Opportunities

  • Numeracy: number recognition, measuring, counting, addition, subitising and patterns.
  • Problem solving
  • Sensory- hands on manipulating tools.
  • Fine motor skills- strengthening little muscles through manipulation of tools.
  • Hand and eye coordination- watching and doing and coordinating these actions.
  • Language development – talking about what they are doing, sharing ideas, communication and numeracy vocabulary.
  • Self-esteem- a sense of pride and achievement

 

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One Response to “Counting with Dominoes”

  1. What a great way to also incorporate touch math in the preschool classroom! I love how you incorporated the buttons too! I can’t wait to try this with our Creative Tots!

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