MATH & SCIENCE
Dominoes teach matching and counting quite well. Start with a double six set and work up to the larger ones.
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.
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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