This weeks #ToolsForLearning theme is Dominoes. I couldn’t resist showcasing our DIY Alphabet Dominoes that we made 2 1/2 years ago and are still played with on a regular basis.
I made our DIY Alphabet Dominoes using a box of wooden transport Dominoes and an Alphablocks magazine. You could cut out any alphabet pictures or use alphabet stickers as long as you have two copies of each letter. There are even Alphablock images from the Cbeebies website which you could use to print out two copies.
I cut out the Alphablock images so they fitted onto one half of each domino. I ensured I had 2 copies of each letter and then started to place the letters onto the domino pieces. I did this before gluing them down to make sure that I didn’t end up with the two images of the same letter on one domino.
Once all of the Alphablock letters had been positioned, I set about securing them in place. I used a little Mod Podge Glue underneath the letter, placed it on the domino and spread some more glue on top. This created a varnish coat which made sure the letters didn’t peel off. I left the dominoes to dry overnight and used additional Alphablock items to decorate the wooden box.
Two and a half years later, the dominoes are still going strong. Adam does not need any support to match the letters and create his own Alphabet Domino game. He is able to play the game independently or with others.
It took some time before Adam stopped simply creating a line with the Alphabet Domino pieces. Now he will create elaborate chains.
As our DIY Alphabet Dominoes fit neatly inside the wooden box it makes a great Busy Bag. Our Alphabet Dominoes have even been on several holidays with us. I wonder if they will last a further 2 1/2 years worth of play!
Check out these Domino activities as part of the #toolsforlearning series:
DIY Transportation Dominoes for Matching from Life Over C’s
Domino Place Value Activity from Still Playing School
Robot Domino Math Game from Learning 2 Walk
Domino Addition Game from The Kindergarten Connection
Name Recognition with Dominoes from Line Upon Line Learning
Dominoes Sensory Bin from Something 2 Offer
Musical Bell Color Matching Dominoes from Sugar Aunts
Teaching Numbers with Dominoes from Bambini Travel
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