One of our toy library families was about to have a holiday on a caravan
site. The party included two children with learning difficulties.
The weather forecast was not promising so Mum was prudently visiting
the toy library to stock up with toys and games for indoor use. On
the "Help Yourself" table she found one of the domino-making
kits I had originally devised for my own children. It consisted of
the simple ingredients below and had kept my children happily occupied
for a whole afternoon. I hope it did the same for the caravan party!
- The children colour the Blick labels in pairs - two of each
chosen colour. (Repeat the colours to make as many pairs as you
- Line up the rectangles of card in a row, like carriages in a
- Take the first one. Leave the left hand side blank, and stick
a coloured spot to the right hand side.
- Take the next rectangle. Stick the matching spot to the left
side. Stick one of a different colour to the right side.
- Continue in this way until all the pairs of spots are used up.
The right hand side of the final rectangle should be blank.
- Note. If the game is not just a pleasant activity for a wet
afternoon, but is going to be played many times it is worth protecting
the pieces with clear sticky-backed plastic.
To play the game
- Put all the dominoes, face down, on the table.
- Share them out among the players.
- The first player puts a domino, right side up, in the centre
of the table.
- The next player puts down a domino with a spot matching one
of those already on the table and pushes the matching ends together.
- The third player adds his domino to the row, and so on until
all the dominoes have been used.
- If a player does not have a colour to match to either end, he
must miss a turn.
- If you want a winner it will be the child who puts down all
his dominoes first.
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