DIY graphic dominoes game for kids

Tell me if I’m the only one who takes “new year” resolutions when it’s back to school time! I just feel it’s the best time to start over and make some changes! So one of my resolutions for this year is making more kids friendly DIY!  I already have a few decor and toys ideas! Let’s start with a simple tutorial to make colorful dominoes! I saw this great idea on pinterest years ago (and of course I could not found the pin again). It was time to give it a try!

Cut a wooden plank into small sections. I used reclaimed wood, which dimensions were 1 3/4′ x 3/4′ and I cut 3 1/2 length pieces. It will work with any dimensions, the section you cut need to be twice the wood width. You will need 28 pieces to make a dominoes game.

Sand all the pieces and draw the shape on the pieces. I used a glue cap to make the dot and a glass to draw the arch. Be creative and use items from around the house. You need to come with 7 different shapes ( instead of numbers from 0 to 6).


Paint the shapes. Assign a color for each shape. I picked blue for the triangle, dark green for the dot, and so on…

You must end up with 7 pieces for each shape. One double shape ( double triangle for example) and 6 other with one different shape on it.

Here is the complete set!

Trying the game with my kids! I explain the rules and they had fun playing…once! Then they used the dominoes to build a house and matchbox car garages! Well, I guess it’s an other way to have fun with the dominoes! 

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14 Comments

  1. September 2, 2015 / 6:27 pm

    What a cool idea! Much better than the stupid black ones with white dots – especially for kids!

    • September 3, 2015 / 12:21 am

      Hello Liska, we do have a lot of fun playing dominoes…or building towers. Simplest toys are always the best!

  2. September 3, 2015 / 3:21 am

    How fun! This is an excellent idea!

  3. September 3, 2015 / 10:40 am

    ¡¡Ovación a tus neuronas!! Está padrísimo el juego 🙂

    • September 3, 2015 / 1:10 pm

      Gracias Marta…los mejor es que mis ninos los ocupan y hasta pelean para la piezas!

  4. September 10, 2015 / 8:55 pm

    These are fabulous! Beautiful photos too!

  5. September 12, 2015 / 4:57 am

    Thank you so much for sharing your idea – I am sure I will take it as an inspiration! I have always loved dominoes and this is such a special take on them! Greetings from Germany

    • September 12, 2015 / 3:04 pm

      Hi Claudia, you are more than welcome. Have fun crafting and painting your dominoes!

  6. Anonymous
    March 29, 2017 / 3:15 am

    Beautiful dominos. thank you so much for sharing so I can make a bunch of sets for Operation Christmas Child boxes. Want to share with everyone that you can skip cutting your own wood by visiting a large hardware store that cuts wood blinds. The end peices are the perfect size for dominos. They give them to me for free – ask when there is a sale on wood or faux wood blinds and you'll be able to get a box full of perfectly cut domino size peices.

    • April 3, 2017 / 1:00 am

      This is a great tip!!! Thank you so much for sharing it!

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