This is a game my mother in law LOVED, before she passed away she taught my oldest son to play, they used to play all the time. What a memory for a child to have with his grandmother. After she passed early this year my father in law started getting it out for us, he started to LOVE it too and now we are all hooked. Your lost loved one will always be a part of your family, some of their traditions live through you, some of their looks(my niece looks so much like her), their faith and on and on. When we play this game I feel that way, another part of her that will go on! My children will probably teach their children this game and that is just a wonderful thing!
Mexican Train Domino
A double twelve set of dominoes is used. This contains all possible pairs of numbers from 0 (blank) to 12, giving 91 pieces in all. In addition you use trains! Everyone picks a color. The dominoes are shuffled and each player takes a number of dominoes and stands them on edge so that their faces are visible to the owner but not to the other players. Up to 4 players take 15 dominoes each, 5 or 6 take 12 each, 7 or 8 take 10 each, and 9 or 10 players take 8 each. The remaining dominoes are left face down in the boneyard.
You can get a great set of directions at this site. http://www.websitelink.com/mexicantrainrules/
This game is so much fun, one of the things I love about it is its simplicity. Its not hard to learn, even though my younger children don’t quite understand it all they can easily help an adult and they really do enjoy it! They look for the right color and the right amount of dots. Its so much fun with a large group, last night we had family over-there was 9 of us-with the two younger ones helping adults and coming and going when they wanted. We had a blast, laughing and competing-my father in law was there teaching my brother, sister in law and my mom. He seemed to really enjoy it and we had a great evening, it was truly hard to quit! If this is a game you don’t own yet, you have to put it on your wish list-you won’t regret it!