There’s nothing quite like a domino run–and one made with wood blocks comes with a particularly fine sound–but which blocks are best, and flexible in other builds?
My all-time favorite pieces for the domino charts are the Grimm’s Color Rally charts, but we use a lot of different pieces, and its really fun to play with the sizes for a variety of sounds and tempos.
There are a lot of very similar looking sets that are easily mixed up when you’re looking at domino-shaped pieces. Please check out this article for a chat-through of these.
The Grimm’s Color Rally Charts (#2) are my favorite of dominos because the edges are cut square and they’re easy to stand on end.
In the run above, we used Kapla Blocks to build the tower to knock over, but find them to be a little tippy on their own for domino runs. The Gluckskafer Slats are one of our favorite sets, but the medium and tall pieces are hard to stand up, making them a little frustrating as dominoes, so while some of the set works, many of the pieces do not. They could be used (as talked about below) as a track on which to build a run.
As you’re building, if you’re making a long run, be sure to leave gaps between the dominoes every once in a while, so that if you accidentally knock over part of it, you don’t lose everything! Right before you’re ready to set off the full run, add in the missing pieces.
The exciting part of the run is the tiles themselves, but when you’re looking to set up a satisfying domino run, the first thing you need is a solid surface to work on. One option is to grab a sheet of plywood from the hardware store, but if you’re looking for something more compact, there are some other options. We often use the Just Blocks flats to create a path, but really any thing flat and wide enough works.
Get creative! if you can stand it up, you can probably find a way to use it in a domino run! Happy Building!
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