We have been working hard on building up our number sense and our understanding of how numbers work together. I try hard to use manipulatives to play games with whenever possible, as it makes the learning feel like a game. Dice are always a favorite, but lately we have been loving dominoes as well! This domino addition game is a perfect activity for building the concept of addition or two sets combining to make one total.
This activity needs hardly any supplies. Just grab some dominoes, print the recording sheet (below) and grab some crayons, then you are good to go!
We used the sturdy, colored dot dominoes, but you could use any kind that you have on hand!
I put the dominoes in a basket on the table when I am using them for a math center. If I am playing with a small group I may just grab a handful so we can solve the equations together.
The kids grab a domino, then used their crayon to draw matching dots on one of the blank dominoes on the recording sheet.
Then, underneath the domino, they record their addition sentence. A structure is there with the plus and equals signs, as some of my kids need support in setting up equations. As your kids become more comfortable, you could remove the recording sheet completely and have them grab a domino and record the equations on a mini white board.
A super fun variation on this activity is to use q-tips and paint to make the dots! My kids love when we do that!
Download the Recording Sheet
You can grab your copy of the Dot the Dominoes sheet HERE!
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