A few months ago John Paul, ever the stalwart leader of the brothers, got into a domino phase. I'm not sure how it happened but I think it may have been spurred by a Youtube video suggested while he was on his stick bomb kick (which he was proud to hear started a local homeschool boy trend during this past very very long winter!). His move to dominos prompted lengthy price comparisons and internet searches all to no avail. It seemed a bit crazy that the only quality dominos we could find were either imported and painted from China, very expensive, or were much smaller than he wanted. So it was that he and the husband decided to go ahead and make their own.
I don't really even need to give a step by step tutorial for this project since it is so crazy simple.
They used two 2x4x8s from Lowe's (find the straightest, least knotty ones you can and you can use whatever length 2x4 you'd like) and they spent…ready for it? About five dollars. Using a miter saw and a spacer they cut each domino 1/2" wide. According to Brian you could also use a table saw. In about twenty minutes they had made over 300 dominos! John Paul spent the next few days giving them a quick sanding but according to the husband if you use a "clean cut blade" (which he didn't have) you wouldn't even have to do that.
Five dollars and twenty minutes and you've got over 300 dominos ready for all sorts of creative play. They've already logged dozens of hours of play time with these building elaborate tracks, massive towers, and even just building roads for play cars. I've been really impressed with how they will all work together (most of the time. Ahem.) and with how much it has reinforced their knowledge of physics, creative thinking, and their fine motor skills…not to mention the uh, negotiating and cooperative and don't start a fight or mom will take the dominos away skills they're also putting into practice ;)
All in all, definitely a simple project that is way way more than worth the time and money put into it!
Some live time action:
I apologize for the eleven year old's videography skills but the tower was just too impressive to leave out.
And even the three year old Luke gets in on the action. This was his "all by myself" track:
This project is pretty simple but as always, throw any questions at me in the combox and I'll try to answer as best I can!
First time here? If you're interested you can get new Better Than Eden posts on Feedly or BlogLovin' and connect with me on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. Thank you so much for stopping by!