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Toy dominoes with pictures or movie characters are fun for occasional games or as a way to introduce dominoes to children who are reluctant to play, but switch to real dominoes as soon as possible for the best opportunity to help your children learn math skills. Children love to use the same tools that adults do and if they practice at home with real dominoes they'll be prepared for adult games with other people later. On another day, setting up a domino race is great fun, while teaching patience, determination and careful work habits.

MATH & SCIENCE
Dominoes teach matching and counting quite well. Start with a double six set and work up to the larger ones.
SOCIAL SKILLS
Children can use picture dominoes from a very young age to practice taking turns, following rules to play a games, and interacting socially. Gradually they can graduate to playing regular domino games with adults for lifelong recreation. How about a family tradition of domino night once a week after supper?
PATIENCE & DETERMINATION
Few activities teach patience, determination and careful work habits quite as well as setting up a domino race. You can find real dominoes for this, or purchase a play set from a catalog or teacher supply store.
LANGUAGE SKILLS
The phrase "the domino effect" is part of the English language and setting up a domino race will help children really understand this later. It's a great phrase to have a deep understanding of when considered in a larger context of how your actions create results in your life and "one thing leads to another!"

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