Students use a set of regular dominoes and a domino parking mat. Each student selects a domino, counts the total number of dots (pips) and places the domino in that parking spot. Dominoes with the same number of dots may be stacked on top of each other in the parking spot, if necessary.
Center Activity: Teachers may use craft foam and a sharpie marker to create the parking lot mat or download the Domino Parking Lot game mat. Copy the game mat on card stock, and laminate the mat for student use or insert the game mat in a sheet protector. Provide sets of dominoes for small groups of students to sort.
Challenge: As a variation of the game, select target sums and give students a point for each domino they find to park in those spaces. This motivates students to search for those particular combinations and heightens interest in finding those dominoes to win the most points for the group. Have one member of the group use a Domino Parking Lot Recording Sheet write in the day's winning numbers, then draw in the dots of the dominoes the group finds for those numbers.