Dominoes – More Than Just a Game

Domino, the classic game of laying one domino edge to another in a line to create a chain that topples when struck, is a great way to teach children about physics and number patterns. It’s also a great way to build fine motor skills and patience. And, of course, it’s fun! But there’s more to domino than meets the eye. It can be used to make some truly mind-blowing setups. Lily Hevesh, for example, is a professional domino artist who creates stunning setups for movies and TV shows. She’s even helped set a Guinness World Record for the most dominoes in a circular arrangement. Hevesh’s installations often take several nail-biting minutes to fall, but once they do, the results are jaw-dropping.

When playing domino, each player takes a turn placing a domino on the table, positioning it so that its two matching ends are touching. When a single domino is played, it has the effect of pushing the next domino over — it’s like an invisible chain that grows until all the pieces have fallen. If the exposed ends of the domino total a multiple of five, the player scores points and the chain continues to grow.

During the 1700’s, domino became popular in Italy and France, spreading quickly to family homes and pubs. A few years later, a Frenchman named Pierre de Rost created a domino chain that eventually toppled 4,491,863 pieces!

The concept of domino, however, likely began long before then. The ancient Chinese had a game called weiqi, which used blocks with a pattern of dots on each side. The Romans also had a game called tumbling dominoes, which was similar to weiqi.

Dominoes are a great way to teach kids about numbers and patterns, as well as problem solving and strategic thinking. They can also use their domino rally sets (without the numeric markings) to practise colour recognition and artistic expression.

A lot of what makes Domino’s successful is the fact that they listen to their consumers and innovate when it suits them. For example, they expanded their menu in 2011 to include items other than pizza – things such as pasta, bread, oven-baked sandwiches, and fried chicken. They’ve also been quick to adapt when it comes to technology – for example, integrating with Apple CarPlay, which allows customers to order pizza from their cars.

As with all businesses, the most important factor in Domino’s success is that it always puts its customers first. They know that if they don’t have satisfied customers, they won’t last very long. That’s why they’re always improving their quality, speed of service, and variety of products. They’re not afraid to step outside of the box, either, bringing in new items such as gluten-free crusts and delivery to college campuses. This approach has been a major driver of their growth, and has even led to some international expansion!