Bible Dominoes by Juliet David and Jo Parry

Item Description:

This domino game helps children to learn about the Bible and Jesus while playing! It also encourages communication, sharing, counting, and matching skills. The pieces are large and colorful, so they re easy to pick up, and the pictures are clear. The set includes 28 dominoes with a mixture of Bible story characters, numbers, and animals to match, as well as instructions and a story booklet explaining the stories featured on the cards. A useful resource for home, school, or Sunday school.

My review:

I have reviewed other books for Candle Books before and have never been disappointed with the quality of the merchandise or the material presented.  In fact, I really thought I would love this set of Bible dominoes.  However, I have to say that I was a little disappointed over all.

First the positives.  The dominoes are bright, colorful, and sturdy.  I think it is very clever that the backgrounds on the various items match their corresponding tile.  For example, the 2 background matches the background of the two men and so on for each one.  It is also nice that there are several matches for each number.  The size and the weight of each domino is perfect for small hands to handle one at a time.  It might be better if they were just a little bit thicker so that they could stand on their own as I can imagine some little guys struggling to hold all of their dominoes at the same time.

The negative is that the dominoes themselves don’t increase any knowledge of the Bible at all.  There is a small pamphlet included with basic bible stories, but is pretty superficial.  There is no relationship between the pamphlet and the dominoes.  It would have been so much more effective as a teaching tool if the dominoes were labelled with the name of the person it was supposed to represent.  As I read through the pamphlet with my kids we made up our own assumptions as to who was who, and a couple times discovered that someone was someone else.  The pictures on the dominoes do appear in the stories, but there isn’t a strong connection.

Overall, it is a nice set of dominoes, but I wish it was more educational.  If you are looking for a product that will increase a child’s knowledge of the Bible or Bible stories, I’m not sure you will be happy with this one.  If you are looking for a bright, colorful set of dominoes that children can play with, this is a fun choice.

I received a complimentary item from Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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