My husband and I always make our children at least one homemade gift each year for Christmas. Sometimes they are a hit and sometimes they are a miss.
Luckily last year our idea was a hit. A BIG one!
A family set of over sized Dominoes!
My husband cut the set out of pine planks from Home Depot and each domino is roughly 3 and 1/2 inches by 5 inches. (Which has been a perfect size!)
Then he used a saw to cut the middle notch. (Being careful not to cut through the domino.) And finally he used a drill to make the dots on each piece. (Again being careful not to drill through the entire board.)
So what did I do you ask. Welllllll…besides telling my husband what to do 🙂 I used the belt sander to round the edges and used my mini sander to smooth out any other rough spots.
And because of the illness that followed us around for weeks during the holiday season last year we completed this entire project on Christmas Eve….after 10…out in the garage using loud power tools. Which is why all of our neighbors love us.
Anyways, I think the Dominoes ended up being everyone’s favorite gift. The kids have played with them all year. In fact they were out again this week being set up across the kitchen floor and down the stairs to be knocked over by Ruth.
Really, these things have taken a beating. They have been played with both outside and inside…they have been played as a game, as blocks, and set up over and over again to be knocked down one by one.
And I love them. No batteries, no mess, and lots of creative fun.
Hooray for the over sized Dominoes….and please let us think of something as fun to make for the kids this year. (And please let us get whatever it is finished before midnight on Christmas Eve!)