Domino Games for Kids

by Kathryn Hatter ; Updated September 22, 2017

Dominoes are a popular table game played by people of all ages. Dominoes are small wooden or plastic tiles that are similar to dice in that they have a number of dots. Dominoes can be played in many ways, including in a fashion similar to cards. There are many variations of games for domino play, and kids will often enjoy learning some of the different domino games that are suitable for them.

Concentration

High angle view of children playing with dominoes

Play a domino concentration game with at least two players. Set up the tiles so that there are four rows of seven tiles. The tiles should be placed face down--don't look at the dot patterns as they are set up. Set extra tiles aside.

Player one turns two tiles over so that every player can see them. The dots from each tile must be totaled. If the total equals 12, the player collects the tiles and takes another similar turn. If the total does not equal 12, the player turns the tiles back over and the next player takes a turn.

Keep score by totaling the tiles collected. The first player to reach 50 points wins.

War

Family playing game

The domino war game is very similar to the card war game and can be played by two or more players. There should be enough dominoes so that each player can receive at least eight dominoes to start the game.

Pass out all the domino tiles in the same fashion that cards are dealt. Each player's tiles are placed in a line face down on the playing table in front of him. A round is played by the players turning over the tile on the right edge of their tile lines. Each player adds up the dots on his domino to find the total. The player with the largest total of dots wins each domino from that round. The won dominoes are placed back into each player's tile line, but placed on the left side. Play continues, as players turn up tiles from the right side.

If two or more dominoes in a round equal the same number, there is a war. Every player with an equal number domino turns over the next tile in her line and adds the dots on that domino. The player with the highest domino collects the dominoes from the entire round. As the play continues, players will eventually run out of dominoes and they will be out of the game. The winner is the player who is left with all of the dominoes.

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