These puzzles come in four levels. To make it easier to keep track within a
level I photocopy the puzzles (double-sided) on different colours of paper, say
puzzle 1 and 2 on blue, 3 and 4 on yellow, etc.
- Level 1
involves only 13 dominoes. These
are very popular with the K-3 crowd. Some children may need a little
encouragement to get started: Which pieces do we know for sure?
- Level 2
involves 18 dominoes, which is
more challenging. People from about grade 4 and up have enjoyed this level.
- Level 3
involve all 28 dominoes. Serious puzzle
fiends of all ages can get some exercise with these!
Here are the templates if you want to make your own dominoes for
and level 2
You could make them from heavy coloured paper,
but I prefer plastic foam: it’s inexpensive, long-lasting, and
light-weight. It comes in many different colours, too, so students can keep
their pieces separate from those of their neighbours.
Level 3 & 4 puzzles get too large for easy printing of the puzzles with the
1" x 2" pieces, so I’ve made the puzzles of a size to use the sets of small
dominoes you can often find in dollar stores. Here is the template
in case you want to make a full set
Students who have completed all the puzzles from level 1 or 2 might like to
make their own puzzles for their classmates. Here is a grid
for them to work with.
Find many more puzzles, from small to very large, at Simon Tatham’s