Domino Math Games

There are so many different ways to use dominoes in math.

Here are a few of my favorite ones.

Domino Keepers Addition

a game for 2 players (or two teams)
All of the dominoes are placed in the centre face down.
Both players pick up a domino at the same time.
Each player tells the sum of the dots on their domino, e.g. 2+4=6, 5+3=8.
The player with the highest answer keeps both dominoes. If both players have the same answer, each keeps a domino. The winner is the player or team with the most dominoes when all dominoes have been picked up.

Domino Keepers Multiplication

a game for 2 players (or two teams)
Play this game as above but instead of adding the two numbers on the domino, multiply them.
These games tick all of the boxes - the kids love them, they are simple to play and all you need is a set of dominoes!


  1. I love this idea! I just wanted to let you know that I featured this game idea on my blog, The Classroom Game Nook Blog! Hope you don't mind! I linked up your blog on my post. Thanks for a great idea!

    Rachael Parlett

    1. Thanks for your post Rachael! Glad you like these games.
      Congrats too on your little one - so she is so cute!



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  3. For what grades can we do this game?

    1. I love this idea and the different versions of the game! I teach 3rd grade and could definitely see using the addition version with my students at the start of the year, and then eventually using the multiplication version once we get into multiplication. You could even have students pick 2 dominos and add all the dots, or have each domino represent a 2-digit number (e.g. 2 dots and 4 dots = 24) that they add with another domino for more of a challenge.

      I think they even make different sets of dominos (double 6 sets, double 9 sets, etc.) with different numbers of dots, so you could probably find sets with larger numbers to use with the multiplication version in upper grades.