Easy Math Dice Games

We practice math facts lots of ways.  A favorite at our place is playing dice games.  I have a collection of lots of different dice in all shapes, sizes, and colors.  The kids love to dig into our math bins and choose their dice for the day.

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We have some with 10 sides and some with 12 sides.

We have colorful dice.

We have lots of teeny tiny dice.  {Those are favorites!}

We also have several dice within dice.

We’ve got some plain ol’ boring dice too, but they don’t get chosen to come out and play very often.

Math Dice

A super simple way to make math facts practice fun is to do it with some easy math dice games.  The kids are really just doing math problem after math problem, but since there’s a winner and a loser, it’s fun.

 Adding game:

You need two or more players.  Each person gets two (or more as the kids get better) dice.  Everyone rolls at the same time. You each add up your dice.  The highest total wins one point.  If there’s a high tie, the tied players re-roll for that round.  You can choose how many rounds to go, but I like ten.  It makes for a quick game, which means you can play several times making sure everyone gets to be a winner at least once.

Multiplication game:

Same as the adding, but instead of adding the dice together you multiply them.  High answer wins a point.  Get a-hold of some ten-sided or twelve-sided dice to really practice all your math facts.

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 More Math Practice With Dice:

We use dice in other ways too.

  • My kids also practice these on their own instead of using flashcards.  They like to use the dice within dice for this, but it works well with any two dice.

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  • Sometimes we set a timer and see how many we can get within a minute.
  • We have a CHALLENGE MOM session in which both my older kids time me for one minute, keeping track of how many math facts I get right in a minute.  Then they get a minute together to see how many they can get right as a team.  Even though it’s two on one, I can usually smoke them.
  • For more dice fun, you can also check out this site.

Additional Layers:

  • Dice games have been around for thousands of years.  Learn about some of the people who played them like the ancient Indian people, the ancient Romans, and the medieval Crusaders, plus just about everybody in between.
  • Dice used to be made from bone or ivory, but are most commonly made from plastic today.
  • Have your kids make up their own rules for a dice game.  It’s pretty simple but will cause them to be creative and problem solve.  Have them play the game and then adjust any rules that didn’t work well.  Next, have them write down the rules in a logical way.  Test out their instruction skills by giving the game to a friend or family member who has never played it before.  Could they understand your rules?  If not, re-write them again.
  • Dice are supposed to be completely random.  Try out the probability of dice.  Roll one die 100 times and keep a tally of how often each number comes up.  If the die roll is totally random the numbers should come up nearly equally.  Now try it with two dice.  The numbers 6, 7, and 8 should come up much more often than 2 and 12.  Graph your results.  See if it works out and see if your kids can figure out why.

 

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