What patterns can you make with a set of dominoes?
Amy has a box containing domino pieces but she does not think it is
a complete set. She has 24 dominoes in her box and there are 125
spots on them altogether. Which of her domino pieces are missing?
How do you know if your set of dominoes is complete?
Are these domino games fair? Can you explain why or why not?
Use these four dominoes to make a square that has the same number
of dots on each side.
Can you arrange fifteen dominoes so that all the touching domino
pieces add to 6 and the ends join up? Can you make all the joins
add to 7?
Can you work out the domino pieces which would go in the middle in
each case to complete the pattern of these eight sets of 3
Try grouping the dominoes in the ways described. Are there any left
over each time? Can you explain why?
Use the 'double-3 down' dominoes to make a square so that each side
has eight dots.
Which comes next in each pattern of dominoes?
Find the next two dominoes in these sequences.
Can you make a rectangle with just 2 dominoes? What about 3, 4, 5,
Everthing you have always wanted to do with dominoes! Some of these
games are good for practising your mental calculation skills, and
some are good for your reasoning skills.
This task depends on learners sharing reasoning, listening to
opinions, reflecting and pulling ideas together.
An ordinary set of dominoes can be laid out as a 7 by 4 magic
rectangle in which all the spots in all the columns add to 24,
while those in the rows add to 42. Try it! Now try the magic
These interactive dominoes can be dragged around the screen.
This article takes a closer look at some of the toys and games that
can enhance a child's mathematical learning.