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Updated on May 12, 2015

Dice Games

Shut the Box
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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
Shut the Box | Source

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

Dice
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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
Frog Dice Game | Source

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 Geometry
Dice in Dice Geometry | Source

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

Four operations dice
Four operations dice | Source

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

Rolling Dice
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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?

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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?

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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

Three Dice, from the Acropolis at Osteria
Three Dice, from the Acropolis at Osteria | Source

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.

Discussing the Best Math Games - Which games do you like to play with dice?

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      Lee Cloak 2 years ago

      A great hub, great ideas you can use just about anywhere, thanks for sharing, Lee

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      Jeff Johnston 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

      I love shut the box, it's great fun. If you want a real challenging math game check out Rithmomachia aka The Philosopher's Game.

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      LearnKidstoRead 3 years ago

      Great lens thanks for the info. Will try this out with my son. Sue

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      burntchestnut 4 years ago

      Dice sure would be a great way to learn math. I loved math until Geometry. I just couldn't figure it out. That was the only C I ever received in high school. I was in grade school in the 1960s. My mother bought us a record to teach the times tables - you sang them as a catchy song. Singing and rhymes are a great way to learn, too. That show, Schoolhouse Rock, was on when my son was a child. It was fun and educational, but I don't know if it's on anymore.

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      Socialpro54 LM 4 years ago

      great lens...

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      Wow! Those ancient dice are soo cool!!!! I used to be addicted to Yahtzee!

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      Carpenter76 4 years ago

      This is very nice information! I really should try this in my class :)

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      jillian22 4 years ago

      Learning is very exciting when you make it challenging and fun! Nice Lens.

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      mrdata 4 years ago

      Very educational lens for kids! Thank you very much for sharing great products and ideas!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What a cool lens! Wonderful ideas. I remember learning addition to 13 by playing Pyramid, a solitaire card game. Gotta share this one.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      And who said math has to be boring. What a great way to teach math in such a fun way.

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      Jake_R 5 years ago

      Great lens! I enjoy math a ton and think this is a great way to learn.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Role playing games (RPGs) often use dice, many different types of die (not just six-sided) and have a fair amount of math involved; Dungeons and Dragons is probably the best known RPG.

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      Joan4 5 years ago

      As usual, your ideas look like fun!! Learning math with dice is a great idea!

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      PaulWinter 5 years ago

      Great ideas for dice games that help children to learn math.

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      kimmykova 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens with great game ideas. I'm going to give a few of them a try with my children. Thanks

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      Rhonda Albom 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Great selection of games here. We love all games, but don't yet have too many dice games. Maybe the time is now. Blessed.

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      octopus64 5 years ago

      Hey have you tried this Random Spinners game its really cool. Ok not dice but there are advantages as the spinners can have up to 12 sides. Also there are built in games using multiplication addition and subtraction. Hope you enjoy!

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      kpp2385 5 years ago

      nice math games, would be a great fun for kids

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      brendajoy 5 years ago

      We play a game called Blow It, it is along the same lines as Yahtzee. I hate playing with my Aunt Agnes. She is the luckiest lady in the world. She usually beats the socks off of anyone who will play with her. We do laugh a lot and have lots of fun. Mom loves it too.

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      SunShine80 LM 6 years ago

      I remember being a ten year old and our teacher told us he would give 1 to the first person who could draw a "magic diagram".

      He defined a magic diagram as being:

      1) A drawing with 4 different areas each containing a different colour

      2) Each colour had to touch every other colour

      3) Each colour had to touch the outside of the diagram

      I spent days trying to figure it out. It certainly made me and my friends think and taught us a very valuable lesson: A map of the world can be coloured in, clearly identifying each and every country, by using just 4 colours!

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      JanieceTobey 6 years ago

      We like playing games in our homeschool! Games can teach math, reading, vocab, and more! Nice ideas on this page!

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      Becca Sanz 6 years ago

      I remember learning addition facts at the kitchen table each day as we waited for lunch to get ready. It was lots of fun.

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      Eevee LM 6 years ago

      My favorite dice game is rolling to see who can get to 100 first.