# Teaching With Dominoes

A domino is a tile-based game, often referred to as “gaming pieces”. Each tile has two square ends that each have a number of spots. The goal of the game is to match as many tiles as possible to form a set. The game has several variations and sets. These include: domino blitz, Domino craze, and even more. Find out more about dominoes and its history by reading the article below.

## Origin

The origin of dominoes is obscure, but largely credited to the Chinese. While some believe the game originated in Asia, others claim it originated in Egypt, when Tutankhamen ruled the 18th dynasty in 1355 BC. One version says that it was invented in China by a nobleman named Kao Tsung. Later, it spread throughout China and eventually to other parts of the world.

## Rules

The basic Rules of Domino are similar to the rules of chess. The objective of the game is to create ‘cells’ of dominoes with the same digit as your opponent. There are several different ways to play this game, based on the number of players and the setting. The variations of the game are listed below. Asterisks indicate different rules. Here are a few examples of each type. Once you understand how to play the game, you can enjoy playing it!

## Variations

There are many variations of domino. Each variant has its own set of rules. In most variations, the game starts with one tile on the playing area and continues to play matching tiles. In some variations, doubles may be played anywhere along the line of play and sometimes, they can even be forced to the player’s hand. In other variations, the player can also block a line of play. These are known as “spinner” variants.

## Sets

There are many ways to use sets of dominoes to achieve a variety of curriculum objectives. Whether used individually or in sets, dominoes can be used to teach a variety of math concepts and match patterns, as well as to develop strategy. The article provides a brief explanation of how dominoes can be used to promote a love of mathematics. The following sections offer several ideas to inspire teaching. These ideas can be applied to any classroom environment.

## Game pieces

The Game Pieces of Domino are rectangular, rounded blocks, bearing identifying marks on one side and blank on the other. Each domino has two square ends, and some are marked with pips or spots. The name domino came from its shape; dominoes are also referred to as cards, bones, men, or dogs. The objective of the game is to build a tower of dominoes by lining up as many similar pieces as possible.