I found another quiet activity for Henry to do at nap time! It’s a simple learning activity with Dominoes and it makes me so excited because Henry is actually excited for nap time each day and has been asking to do this over and over!
We’ve played with Dominoes before… but more as a toddler version that was used as a busy play activity. Which would work perfectly for a quiet activity as well, but I don’t think that alone would have held Henry’s attention, nor would it be something he would ask to do over and over again… and he was learning in the process!
This time I brought out the Dominoes box (affiliate link) and gave him a rundown of what they actually were.
How to play single player Dominoes – preschooler style:
The basic rules of Dominoes still come into play. The numbers have to match up. And that’s about it. There’s no drawing or turns obviously since it’s just single player.
Once Henry found the trains in the box of Dominoes, he turned the game into making train tracks. And then used them to play on. So it was double the fun for him.
But he was learning along the way too. Counting up to twelve, one-to-one correspondence, and color matching. I noticed most of the time he was going by colors. When I popped in to check out what he was doing with them, he always told me the colors he needed or was matching up. I encouraged him by asking how many dots that color has. Eventually he started calling the Domino by the number instead of the color… but it probably took the third or fourth day of playing with them to do that.
What really surprised me… Henry eventually made patterns with the Dominoes. A progressive counting pattern. A double Domino and then a connecting Domino to the next double Domino and so on. When I noticed that he was doing this, I suggested starting with the blanks and then going to the double ones and then double twos and so on. That was a fun challenge for him to do all the way to twelve!
I’m on a mission to find out new fun ways to play with Dominoes for him! He really enjoys it!