Learn the History of Dominoes

Before playing the game, the players must place their dominoes on the table’s edge. They can only see the value of their own tiles. The others can only see the number of tiles they hold. Whoever holds the first tile, which is usually decided by a drawing of lots or by who has the heaviest hand, takes the game. In this case, the first tile will be a double-six, but if no one holds a double-six, the first player will get the double-five.

Chinese dominoes

Did you know that Chinese dominoes have been around since ancient times? They are still a popular game in Asia today! In fact, they were first mentioned in writings from the Yuan Dynasty. Chinese writer Zhou Mi described the game and its history in his work “Former Events in Wulin” (1322-1282). In this text, he mentions dice and dominoes. In fact, Chinese dominoes are as old as the Chinese history itself.

European dominoes

European dominoes date back to the 18th century. These games were originally made of animal bones and ivory for wealthy players. For these early versions, the domino pieces were blackened by drilling small holes in the bone and inlaying thin pieces of ebony. In the UK, the first dominoes were manufactured by French prisoners of war. They made dominoes using sheep and cow bones. Sailors also made dominoes to pass the time on long voyages.

American dominoes

In the US, there are many variants of dominoes. One of them is known as “bones” and is a game played in a saloon. It has a rich history and is the inspiration for hundreds of variations. Most of these games use a block template and involve shuffled tiles with each player drawing seven tiles, keeping the remainder hidden from the other players. The remaining dominoes are piled into a “boneyard” so that the other players cannot see them.

Spanish dominoes

For an engaging game of Spanish dominoes, print out some of the popular shapes and the Spanish word to match them. These Spanish dominoes feature the shapes of a triangle, cuadrado, ovalo, corazon, and estrella. Then, have your students match them with the Spanish words. This game is a great way to reinforce key language points. Listed below are some of the most popular shapes in the Spanish language.

Italian dominoes

Italian dominoes are a popular board game, and the basic concept is simple. To play the game, you set out a set of Dominoes in front of you. After each player sets a tile on the board, the remaining tiles are pushed to the side and form a boneyard. The player who reaches 50 points wins. The first to reach this goal wins. In addition, the game is a great way to develop basic vocabulary.