## Using Dominoes to Develop Math and Science Skills

Domino is a generic game piece that can be used to play many different games. The basic concept of most domino games is that each player places a domino edge to edge against another domino so that the adjacent faces match each other and/or form some specified total. Players accrue points during game play for certain configurations, moves, or emptying one’s hand. Many games can be played with a variety of domino sets; however, some popular game variants require a specific type of domino set.

Dominoes are a great tool for developing children’s core maths skills and strategic thinking. Counting, sorting and classifying, as well as addition, are all skills that can be developed through the use of dominoes. In particular, the use of domino rally kits, without the numeric markings on each domino, provides a perfect way to develop young children’s artistic expression as they create patterns and structures with the shapes. The development of numeric patterns through the use of dominoes is also an excellent way to help children become familiar with basic multiplication and division.

The word ‘domino’ has its roots in Italy and France and appeared in England toward the end of the 18th century. The earlier English meaning of the word was a long hooded cape worn with a mask during carnival season or at a masquerade. The earlier French sense of the word was a cape worn by a priest over his surplice.

In the modern day, the word ‘domino’ is used to describe a chain reaction that can be observed through a series of events, both real and metaphorical. For example, a car crash that triggers a series of other crashes is often referred to as the domino effect because it can lead to an almost endless sequence of events. Alternatively, the term is used to refer to a causal linkage within a system such as global finance or politics.

As a writer, you should think of every plot beat in your novel as a domino that needs to fall. If a scene you’ve written doesn’t connect to the scenes that come before it, then it might not work in your book. This is especially important for pantsers, or writers who don’t use outlines or Scrivener to map out their books ahead of time. If you don’t check your scenes for domino effect, then your readers might lose interest in your book. To check for this, you can try reading your manuscript backwards and observing how the scenes flow. If you notice any gaps, then you should fill them in before your reader loses interest. Hopefully, this will help your book reach its full potential.