Wednesday, January 30, 2013

D is for Dominoes - Let's Play MORE OR LESS!

I'm always looking for different ways to teach our essential elements. I especially like it if I can find a unique way to make it a game. This one hit me out of the blue, partly because we're currently studying the letter D.

MORE OR LESS with Dominoes

This works best with up to 4 children. I selected those who need help with their math skills, including one-to-one correspondence.

* Place the dominoes upside-down and shuffle. Start with yourself as the Leader.
* Leader turns over one domino. Everyone counts the number of dots.
* One at a time, each child turns over a domino, and counts the dots. The object of the game is to have the SAME or MORE than the Leader. If a student has LESS, he's out until the end of the game. The rest of the students who met or had more than the Leader put their dominoes back into the pile, and the Leader shuffles to draw again.
* The last person left to meet or have more than the Leader, wins, and she becomes the new Leader. Begin the next game.

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