# How to Play Dominoes

Dominos are a fun way to learn basic math skills. They are also a great way to teach the importance of planning ahead. When you are setting up a domino line, the most important thing to remember is that one of the ends must be open for a next tile to be placed in the row. This means that you must plan the order of your tiles so that you know which ones can be placed on top of each other. This way you can make sure that all of the tiles will fall properly.

Lily Hevesh fell in love with dominoes at the age of 9 when her grandparents gifted her their classic 28-piece set. She soon began posting videos of her own domino creations on YouTube and has since become a professional domino artist. Her biggest projects take several nail-biting minutes to complete, but the beauty of her creations comes from one simple fact: dominoes are governed by the laws of physics. Hevesh says that gravity is the key force behind her success. It pulls a domino toward the ground, knocking it into the next domino and setting off a chain reaction.

A domino is a small rectangular piece of wood or ivory with a pattern of dots on it. Each domino has a unique mark on it that distinguishes it from other pieces of the same type. Most dominoes are marked with a suit of numbers: the spades (five), hearts (three), diamonds (four), clubs (six), and trident (seven). The remaining tiles are blank or have a 0 suit.

The earliest dominoes were used in China in the 12th or 13th century and were similar to playing cards. Later, the dominoes developed into a more precise and elegant form with a line or ridge that separated the identity-bearing face from the blank or patterned side.

There are many different types of domino games, although the most common are layout games, which are played by two or more players and focus on building long lines of tiles. In a layout game, each player draws his or her own dominoes and then places them on the table in front of him. The first player to play a domino begins the sequence by placing a tile at the end of the line closest to him. This allows the next domino to be played to either of the open ends, if that is possible. The player who plays the first tile may place a tile at an angle, such as a 6-6, which produces open ends of 5 and 6.

When writing a novel, whether you compose it off the cuff or use a carefully created outline, plotting your scene is vital. Each scene must help move the protagonist farther from or closer to his or her goal. The scene should not feel overly long and weighed down with detail or minutiae, nor too short and rushed to get to the next action point.