Play Dominoes

Play dominoes - a fun match activity for children. It's one of the fun strategy games for kids and fun family games adults love as well.

Before the Play

2 or more players
Ages: 7 and up
Need dominos set


Begin to play dominoes by putting the dominos face down on the table. Each player picks one, and the player with the highest number of dots goes first.

If only 2 players, they pick up 7 dominos. If more than 2, players pick up 5 dominos.

After players have picked their dominos, they place them on their sides facing them. No other players should see each others' dominos.

The first player lays a dominoe up on the table so other players see the numbers. The next player to his left goes.

She has to place, face up, a domino that has the same number of dots on one side as there are on one side of the domino the first player played.

Example, if the first player played a domino with a 5 on one side and a 2 on the other side, the next player can play a domino with 2 on one side and 4 on the other side.

She then lays her domino with the 2 side against the first player's domino so that the two 2's are touching.

If she has a domino with two 2's on it, she can play this but lays it a different way. She lays this across, not up from the first player's domino, to form a "T".

If a player doesn't have a domino with a number on one side that matches the previous dominoe played, she picks dominos from the center pile until she finds one she can play.

The third player then goes, using any of her dominos that match either end of the previous played one.

If a "T" had been formed, players can cross the "T" to play or branch off in a direction the "T" formed.


Same numbers must touch each other whether up and down, across, or branching off with a "T".


The winner is the player who uses all his dominos first.

But, if the center pile of dominos is picked up before a player has played all his dominos, the player with the lowest score is the winner (players add up all the dot totals of their dominos.)

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