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Roll the Dice Math Games!
Dice Games for Teaching Math
Many homeschooling families find math to be their most difficult subject to teach. Many of us had bad experiences as children learning math. We were required to do pages of math facts where we found confusing numbers written on the page with no real comprehension and certainly no interest or fun. We probably played many games with dice but didn't realize that they provided math practice.
Though I was good at it, I hated math until I took a college level course in teaching math to young children. That is when I discovered math manipulatives and found that math didn't have to be just pages of math problems, page after page in a textbook. Math can be fun!
Any game that uses dice will help your children to learn math facts. From simply rolling and adding to strategising to much more complicated games.
Math fact practice is just a dice roll away.
Roll the dice and learn math!
Shut The Box Dice Game
Shut the Box Game
I first ran across this game in a teacher's manual as a way to help small children recognize numbers. I had no idea that it had been played in bars and pubs for centuries. The game is quite simple. Roll the dice and flip down the tile that equal the roll of the dice. If you roll a 6 , for example, you can turn down a 6, or a 5 and 1, or a 4 and 2.
Variation: If you roll a two and a four you could subtract one from the other to get a 2. Or you might roll a twelve, add the two digits of the answer together to get a three. Or you might roll a six and a three, divide the three into the six to get a 2.
Math Games Played with Cards and Dice - Dice Cups
How to Shake Dice
Shaking a pair of dice in your hands works well but if you need to shake many dice it can be helpful to use a cup. If you would like to cut down on the noise produced by shaking the dice, try gluing a piece of felt to the bottom of the cup.
Dice Games - Frog Dice
With all the frog lovers in my classroom, this set of frog dice were a great way to kick off the year as we started back to school. Learning how to play the game, roll the dice and add up the sums until we reached 100 was a simple game that the kids not only picked up easily but got the year off to a great start with math practice and cooperative learning.
Frog Dice Game - Two Digit Addition with Dice Game!
Frog Dice Game
You can see that the player above has three frogs so has already won three rounds.
1. Roll two dice, one red and the other green. The Red Dice is the tens digit and the Green Dice is the ones digit.
2. Write the numbers down and roll the dice a second time.
3. Add the two numbers.
4. Next your partner takes a turn rolling the dice.
5. The one with the higher sum is the winner of the round and takes a Frog Counter.
6. After 10 rounds, count the frogs to see who has won the game.
Hundreds Board with Dice Game
1. Start with your playing piece on 100. My children like to use Beanie Babies for playing pieces.
2. Roll the dice and add the two numbers together.
3. Now subtract from 100 by moving that number of spaces away from 100.
4. Take turns moving toward 0.
5. The first one to reach 0 is the winner.
Dice in Dice Land Plot Geometry Game
Dice in Dice with Graph Paper Game
While searching for exciting dice I ran across a game that teaches area and perimeter. It was described by G. Sims "Husker" in her review of Dice in Dice on Amazon. She calls it the Real Estate Game.
You will need Graph Paper and Colored Pencils.
1. Roll one dice in dice and use those numbers as the sides of the area of your land plot.
2. Draw the fence line around your plot. The fence line forms the perimeter of your plot.
3. Write the multiplication problem in your plot.
4. Color in your plot with a colored pencil. You will be coloring in the area of the plot.
This game is played in pairs. When there is no more room to place your next plot of land, the game is over. The player with the most land area is the winner.
You might also consider laminating a few grids and using dry erase markers instead of colored pencils and graph paper.
Math Symbols Dice - Learn the Four Operations Dice
Choose Your Operation Dice
Roll the dice and do the operation. Will you add, subtract, multiply or divide? Use the word dice or the symbol dice.
We like to keep dice on the dining room table. Whenever we sit down to eat we just pick up the dice and roll.
Instant math fun!
Rolling Dice - Rolling the Dice
Probability Dice Game
1. Start with a regular pair of six-sided dice.
2. On graph paper write the numbers 2 through 12 across the bottom, one number per column
3. Roll the dice and add the sum of the two numbers and record your answer by coloring in one square above the answer for each time you roll.
Are you beginning to see a pattern? Does this pattern surprise you?
Read the article Rolling The Dice for an explanation of what you have discovered.
If you add two dice together, which is the most likely sum?
How often do you play board games? - Are you making math a fun part of your daily lives?
Math can be one of the most fun activities you do with your children on a daily basis. It's easy! Just roll a pair of dice and let the learning begin.
How often do you play dice games with your children?
Dice, Dice and More Dice! - Which are your favorite dice?
How many different ways are there to learn math using dice? For centuries people have played dice games. Dice games by their very nature involve math. You and your children can have a wonderful time learning new games to be played with dice while practicing math facts, strategy and probability.
Roman Numerals Game
When you are learning roman numerals you can trade out your regular dice for Roman Numeral Dice. In this fun way your children will quickly learn the values of the Roman Numerals and be all set for going on a Roman Numeral Treasure Hunt.
When my kids were young we played Monopoly with Roman Numeral Dice. We also played Go to the Head of the Class and Snakes and Ladders.
One day we were watching a movie and the kids discovered that the copyright date was written in Roman Numerals. That is when the treasure hunt began. It all started, however, with a pair of Roman Numeral Dice.
Three Dice Roll - Dice Game to Practice Math Facts
Antique Dice - Vintage Dice
What is it about antiques? They look beautiful. They feel beautiful. Were all antique dice made beautifully? Probably not. It is just that the beautiful dice are the ones that have been saved and passed down.
Exploration of Numbers Game
1. Roll three dice
2. Multiply the three numbers together.
3. Write the answer in the middle of a paper.
4. Write down all of the equations you can think of that will result in that number.
5. Challenge yourself to make more and more complicated combinations that result in that number.