Big Thom's Adjective Dominoes
Introduction of adjectives and their opposites
Use a sheet of blank copy paper and make equal sized rectangular “domino”
Draw a line down the middle (across the width, not the length) of each card.
Cut and paste adjective pictures and write the word (or just write the adjective) on
one half of domino cards.
Photo copy so you have at least two sets.
Now write a random adjective on the other -blank- end of the card. (One that
matches the picture end of one of the other cards-If you do this right, each word will have
a potential of four direct matches in the deck)
When you are done, you should have a large set of cards with pictures on one end
and random adjectives (matching the picture ends of other cards)
Deal 5 cards to each person. They needn’t hide their cards.
Put one card out in the middle of the table. (If you made the cards right, this card
should have two different words on it)
The first player tries to match one of his/her 5 card ends ( He can have a max of
10 different words to chose from in this first hand i.e. 5 cards with two different words on
each) to the end or side of the domino on the play field.
If they succeed, their turn is over and is passed to the next person. The next
player can play off the first person’s card or the original card. If a player cannot make a
match they pass their turn and draw an additional card. (match or not, the player changes
so everyone gets a chance)
The cards can match end to end or matching half alongside matching half. (i.e.
Picture to picture/picture to word/or word to word) Unless two cards are identical (This
should be virtually impossible if you did a good job of randomizing them) they cannot lie
directly alongside one another because one half will not match.
Like scrabble, the shape of the game will vary upon the cards drawn and the order
in which the matches are played. I will allow the cards to be turned 90 degrees so the
shape can expand regardless of the cards around it, but at no time will I allow two cards
who’s pictures do not “match” to touch one another.
First one out of cards wins.
I usually play so opposites and matches count the same. So “Clean” can be
matched with another “Clean” or a “Dirty” This means that there are usually seven
matches in a big deck for each word and keeps game play brisk. I also try to use as many
different adjectives at a time as I can, usually twenty to thirty, which means the decks are
really big, 60 cards or so.
Often, a large number of cards will build up in the player’s hands with no
matches on the table and one key match will lead to another and then another until the
players hands are exhausted in a matter of a few turns.
This game, which I admit is a pain to make, (even when you know exactly what
you are doing- let alone trying to do it from these instructions) is great to play and the
students love it. If some enterprising game company wants to cut me in for a share, I’ll
be happy to show them in person.
TMKreutzer, Sonohomish, WA-Uji, Japan
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