During the past year I have purchased the Pressman® Checkers and Pressman® Bingo games for my now seven-year old son. My six-year old likes to play with the pieces of these games as well as card games so when we were all at the Hospital several weeks ago I found a box of Pressman® Double Six Wooden Dominoes in the gift shop for $3.50. We needed something to occupy our time while in the room twenty- four hours each of the four-day stay.
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I was thinking this would be fun for the seven-year old as the age requirement for this starts at seven, plus for tactile stimulation the child who was the patient would be able to play with the dominoes while in bed. There are a total of twenty-eight black wooden dominoes. They are divided into two sections with white dots on one or both sections and the other side of the domino has the logo Pressman® stamped on it. They each measure 1½ inches by ¼ inch and are lightweight.
The Pressman® Double Six Wooden Dominoes are engraved dominoes with colorfast finish, made of solid hardwood. The game is intended for two to four players with many variations to the format. All the dominoes are turned over with the Pressman® side displaying. Each player will choose five dominoes and stand them up with the dots facing away from the other players. The leftover dominoes are now the pile you play the game with.
Our box currently has only twenty-seven dominoes, so we will begin an extensive search later this evening for the remaining domino and make it a team effort. There is one domino that has no dots, referred to as a blank. I cannot really tell what figuration of dots the missing domino has.
There is a domino for each number 1-6 where one side is blank and the other is said number. There is also a domino for each number where on one side contains six white dots and the other side goes from 1-6. When there is only one dot it is centered on the one section and with two dots they are on opposite corners. This continues so it makes a visual contrast when they are sorted. The same is for the number five, as there is the five dots on one side and the numbers 1-6, but the total count is only five since I added the other one in with the six dots. This process continues through the numbers and makes up the total pieces of dominoes.
While the box has one traditional way to play explained in depth, we do not really adhere to these directions when playing with the Pressman® Double Six Wooden Dominoes. The basic way to play is to have the first player, which starts from the left, places the highest number double they have in their line up. If they do not have any then the dominoes are returned to the main pile to reshuffle and choose another five. When a domino is chosen, it’s placed in the center of the table. The next player tries to match the number that was present in the double domino and places it to the end of the domino. Each player can only play one domino per turn. They are placed lengthwise end to end. Doubles are placed at the right angles, giving two directions to continue the game.
When a player cannot make a match they need to keep picking up dominoes from the pile until they get a match. If all the dominoes are drawn and still no match then the player forfeits the turn and the next player goes. Once a player has used all their dominoes, or the least number of points, which is determined by the numbers’ on the dots and then they win that round. A round can continue until a player has 100 points. To get your score the winner subtracts the total of their remaining points if they have any from the other players to get the balance for each player.
This way is a bit too difficult for my seven-year old and he just liked to line them up and try to knock them down with his various toys. Just a few weeks ago we saw a repeat episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood that I wish I had taped, since they visited a store where in the backroom a champion domino stacker started his elaborate design. It was enjoyable to watch his creation and he showed how you can stop the flow if you want to make an adjustment.
While my son was in the Hospital he enjoyed having the Pressman® Double Six Wooden Dominoes placed on his bed with the Pressman® side up so he had to turn each over to see the white dots. He liked the feel of the dominoes and the sounds they make when clanked together. Now what he likes to do is open the box and slowly dump them on the living room carpet before turning each one over. This could even be utilized for matching, counting and sorting in therapies for autistic children.
This creates imagination in a child and promotes independent play as well as a family game once the kids are old enough to comprehend the basics of the game. It is nice to make some displays and decorations with the white dots aligning them up to match or stack. Even shaking the box of dominoes is fun for my son. I have seen many of the Pressman® toys for sale at Rite Aid.
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Amount Paid (US$): 3.50
Type of Toy: Board Game
Age Range of Child: Kids to Teens