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Outdoor Dominoes

Now that’s “fun to go”: Giant dominoes, or outdoor dominoes - which you can play anywhere outside. This favorite indoor game, often played on cruise ships and inside at home when the weather is not so good, is great entertainment when taken outside. Giant dominoes is also known as family garden dominoes because so many families enjoy playing it together.

Giant dominoes, like the original dominoes, was made popular and found great demand in Europe thanks to the well-known manufacturer of games and sporting equipment, Jaques of London. Jaques has been thrilling families with their original games for over 200 years, and is known for inventing and producing many games…but, more on them later.

The original game of dominoes, using dice, dates back to China’s Song Dynasty, around 1300 BC. It first surfaced in Italy in the 18th century, though its exact path to Europe is uncertain. Italian missionaries might have brought the game from China to Europe. It reached American shores with early immigrants, like many popular European parlor games.

Domino games use rectangular “tiles” with a central dividing line and different numbers of “pips” or dots on each half. The usual number of tiles is 28, and there are normally one to six pips. Domino games usually have two participants, but teams of four can or more play. Tiles are arranged with one end matching the same number of another, and so on. The winner of dominoes is the person whose stack is gone first, with the score determined by adding up the number of pips held by the loser.

Outdoor dominoes is also called giant dominoes because the pieces are oversized. This makes them extra fun to use out on a lawn or by the pool, in a backyard or at the park, even at the beach. Children really love the large size tiles, as they’re fun to handle; playing can improve kids’ counting skills, too.

The giant dominoes made by Jaques of London vary from 5 “ x 2 ¾” to 7” x 3 ¾”, depending on your choice of sets. All Jaques outdoor dominoes are superbly made to last a long time with lots of outdoor use. Get a simpler set, or opt for the exquisite Deluxe Giant Dominoes version, with its beautiful wood veneer finished tiles with golden pips.

Still family-run after eight generations, Jaques of London has long been the premier maker of quality games and sporting equipment in the world. Inventors of Tiddledy-Winks, Ludo, Snakes and Ladders and other games, Jaques introduced croquet and Ping Pong into Europe. You’re sure to get the best selection of giant dominoes from them. Stop sitting indoors - get some outdoor dominoes going!

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