Thursday, August 8, 2013

Hands-On Toddler Activity #28: Domino Rally!

One of my favorite toys growing up was Domino Rally. Do you remember that one? It was not the traditional game of dominoes where you try to match up the number of dots on the pieces. It was a set of plastic rectangles that you painstakingly spent many minutes, sometimes hours, setting up in different configurations in order to watch them go cascading down in a matter of seconds. So fun! 

I thought this would be a great activity for my three year old son. It was a challenge for sure! Much of the straight lines you see here were set up by me but it was great exercise for the fine motor skills to have him very carefully add his dominoes into the line. Mostly though he preferred to build "houses" out of the dominoes. 

Another great thing we practiced while doing this activity was dealing with frustration! Very often when trying so hard to gently add his piece to the line, he would accidentally knock over the line of dominoes. We practiced some different ways to deal with this frustration rather that the normal, kicking and screaming on the floor. We tried taking deep breaths and saying the words, "Grrr, I'm frustrated!" And of course saying to the person who knocked it down, "don't worry, we can just build it again!" Dealing with frustration calmly is definitely a three year old struggle we are working hard on! Though difficult at times it was a very fun activity and we will definitely revisit this activity in the years to come! 

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