Swimming & Yoga dominoes coming...eventually.
I made these ages ago and finally got around to posting them! I've always used character dominoes for swimming & climbing, but by making my own we can incorporate some vocabulary.
The nice thing about any domino play is that kids have a motivator to climb towards, and then are encouraged to rest while matching the pieces on the floor. It turns into a focused break between climbs.
Atomik has a great selection of kids climbing holds, and I have used Atomik pictures in the hold type dominoes. The free printable PDF's are at the bottom of this page.
This set is for use in climbing classes for ages 3 & up. The dominoes reinforce hold type vocabulary to make communication between climbers more effective. The included hold types are: crimp, jug, sloper, pinch, pocket. I've used words and pictures for non-readers. I tried to get tricky by using different shapes and colors for each hold type so that kids can't get away with matching colors like my brother tried to do when taking the photo above :).
Print both files below on card stock. You can make several copies for a longer game. I usually laminate as well for durability.
You can place the dominoes on top of holds, inside jugs/pockets, slot them in behind holds, or tape them to the wall.
Ways to Play
1. Place all dominos on the wall (in a hold or taped to wall). Kids climb to retrieve a piece and line them up in traditional domino style on the floor. If a piece does not fit, the climber must do 5 jumping jacks and save it for another turn.
2. Each player starts with several dominos. Before playing a piece the climber must climb (or create) a problem featuring both of the holds on his piece.
3. Make up a game!
Rebecca & Sarah have been working with children for over a decade. You can find a compilation of ideas for the classroom, home, and athletic fields here.