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Playing dominoes is a traditional game that I remember doing when I was a child and now my son is playing too. Bigjigs jumbo Dominoes are the perfect set for young children who are learning to play the game. I have never really bought into the TV character products so therefore never bought my boys the picture dominoes. I purchased this jumbo set last year for my five year old and three year old. The design of these are fantastic for young learners and is the reason why I bought them.
This domino set goes up to double six therefore there are twenty eight dominoes in this pack. The dominoes are made from good quality thick wood and have been painted with bright coloured spots. Each individual domino measures 9cms by 4.5cms and are about 7mm in thickness, making them easy for small hands to grab hold of. The twenty eight dominoes come in a wooden tray which measures 33cms by 20cms and 2.5cms deep. I call it a tray as it doesn't have a lid so needs to be carefully slid back into the cardboard box. Again the tray is made of thick good quality wood. Instead of the spots being the traditional black they are coloured making it easier for a young child to play. One spot is black, two spots are light blue, three are green, four are yellow, five are dark blue and six are red. All the coloured spots are bright and stand out on the plain wood.
My eldest son soon got the hang of playing dominoes and as he likes to play with a die he recognises the patterns of numbers therefore the coloured spots are not really needed for him although he does like them being coloured as he says it makes them look more fun than the boring ones his Nana has! Whereas for my three year old they have helped him as he was forever counting the spots. To begin with he relied on the colours to play the game but I have noticed he is picking up the patterns of the numbers now. Playing with these dominoes has become something of an evening routine and something all the family can enjoy. I know you can buy cheap domino sets but this one to me is so much better. Not only do the coloured spots help your child develop patterns and counting, the size of the dominoes are such much easier for small children to handle then the fiddly little ones you get in cheap sets. We like to play with them on the floor and my boys find them simple to handle. Being larger the spots are bigger and easier for your child to see. Seeing them trying to play with smaller sets at families I highly recommend this jumbo set. The dominoes are not on the massive side so don't take up a lot of room but they are big enough they make a difference. Even though they are made from good quality wood they aren't too heavy to hold.
The boys love playing dominoes now my eldest is becoming a little crafty as he tries to block you he has definitely started to think a head and more logical which is great to see. He is certainly competitive! As well as playing a simple game the boys still love to use them to build multipurpose I say. As they are wooden they are smooth and straight edged making them great to build with. The boys like to make garages for their cars or pig sty's for their farm!
I purchased this domino set from a local wooden toy shop in our nearby town I paid around the ten pound mark for them. This may seem a little expensive for a set of dominoes but you get a fantastic set which is great quality and will last for a long time to come. I personally think they are worth purchasing over a cheaper plastic domino.