Sunday, October 11, 2015

10 Math Games to Play with Dominoes

I love finding common items around the house and making games with them.  I recently came across a tin of dominoes and put those babies to work!  My students LOVE the idea of playing with dominoes even if they are sharpening their math skills while doing so!


These games can be played alone or with partners.  Partners tend to make them even more fun!

Ordering Products

  1. Students choose five dominoes, turn them over, and multiply each side together.  
  2. Order the products from least to greatest or greatest to least.
  3. Want to make it a game?  Partners order their dominos then find the difference between their greatest number and least number.  The partner with the greatest (or least) difference wins.

Multiplication War

  1. Students begin with dominoes face down.  
  2. Each student chooses a domino.
  3. On the count of three, students turn over their domino and multiply the dots on one side by the dots on the other side.  The student with the highest product wins the dominoes.

Even/Odd Sort

  1. Add, subtract, or multiply the dots on the dominoes then sort the answer by odd or even numbers.
  2. Want to make it a game?  Before the game begins state a rule.  The partner with the most even numbers or odd numbers wins the set.  

Prime/Composite Sort

  1. Add, subtract, or multiply the dots on the dominoes then sort the answer by prime or composite.
  2. Want to make it a game?  Before the game begins state a rule.  The partner with the most prime numbers or the most composite numbers wins.  

Coordinate pairs

  1. Provide students with a coordinate grid.  
  2. Students plot points using the dots on the dominoes.  One side is the x-coordinate; the other side is the y-coordinate.

Ordering Decimals

  1. Students choose five dominoes and turn them over.
  2. One side is the whole number; the other side is the decimal.
  3. Order the decimals from least to greatest or greatest to least.
  4. Want to make it a game?  Partners order their dominos then find the difference between their greatest decimal and least decimal.  The partner with the greatest (or least) difference wins.

Compare Decimals

  1. Students choose two dominoes and turn them over.
  2. One side is the whole number; the other side is the decimal.
  3. Compare both dominoes.
  4. Want to make it a game?  Each partner chooses one domino.  Then, they compare their decimal.  The partner with the greatest (or least) decimal wins. 

Add or Subtract Decimals 

  1. Students choose two dominoes and turn them over.
  2. One side is the whole number; the other side is the decimal.
  3. Add or subtract the decimals.
  4. Want to make it a game?  Partners compare their sum or difference.  The partner with the greatest (or least) sum or difference wins. 

Compare Fractions

  1. Students choose two dominoes and turn them over.
  2. One side is the numerator; the other side is the denominator
  3. Compare both fractions.
  4. Want to make it a game?  Each partner chooses one domino.  Then, they compare their fraction.  The partner with the greatest (or least) fraction wins. 

Ordering Fractions

  1. Students choose five dominoes and turn them over.
  2. One side is the numerator; the other side is the denominator
  3. Order the fractions from least to greatest or greatest to least.
  4. Want to make it a game?  Partners order their dominos then find the difference between their greatest fraction and least fraction.  The partner with the greatest (or least) difference wins.
For a printable version of these games, you can download it HERE.  This printable is perfect to laminate and attach to a loose leaf ring for easy access.