Dominoes are small, rectangular blocks used as gaming objects. The game can be played by two or more people, and the player who is able to amass the most points wins. Various types of dominoes exist, and sets may be made from wood, bone, silver lip ocean pearl oyster shell (MOP), ivory or a dark hardwood such as ebony. Some sets feature contrasting black or white pips.
The basic rules of dominoes are simple. Each tile, which is referred to as a “bone,” “piece,” “man,” or “tile,” has a number of pips on each end (or side) that can be counted in order to score points in a game. A tile with six pips counts as one point, a tile with seven pips counts as two points, and so on. The number of pips is usually determined by drawing lots, or by who holds the heaviest hand at the beginning of play.
A set of dominoes typically consists of 28 tiles (double six), or 55 tiles (double nine). Some sets are extended, i.e., add additional pips to the ends of the tiles; these are popular for games involving multiple players or for longer domino games.
Some dominoes also have a number of spots on each side, which can be combined to give a total of a specific number. For example, a 6-6 has six spots and three doubles on each side, while a 6-8 has eight spots and four doubles on each side. When the dominoes are turned 180 degrees, the number of pips is still the same; a double-blank is 0 or 14.
While playing with a domino, children are often encouraged to turn it back and forth between their hands in order to develop commutative concepts of addition. This is a natural way for children to learn how to add two numbers without changing the total number.
This is particularly important for young children. Eventually, they will learn to add numbers by themselves and then subtract them. By learning to use the commutative property of addition, they are more likely to be successful in learning math.
The domino effect
According to the domino effect, a person’s habits and behaviors are usually tied together. If a person makes a change to one habit, it will trigger an increase in related ones. For example, if a person reduces their daily sedentary time, they will likely begin exercising more regularly and eating healthier foods.
The domino effect is not limited to physical health; it can also be applied to other areas of life, such as career and social relationships. For example, a single setback in a relationship can have a domino effect on the entire relationship.
Another domino effect applies to business: if a company is undergoing a tough financial period, it can experience a domino effect in the form of employee turnover and other problems. In order to avoid this situation, companies must listen to their employees and address their concerns in a timely manner.