I’ve had times when there’s been a long wait! Ugh! When you’re waiting, time seems to crawl and it is so- o-o-o boring! Have you noticed that time goes faster when you’re having fun? Well, keep dice handy for those long wait times especially when you have young children with you! It doesn’t take much room to always have a few dice in your purse or pocket just ready for appointments, airport, airplane, bus or car rides. The time seems shorter by having a little fun! I’ll share a few that I have used.
There are loads of dice game variations, but keep it simple and to their level.
Dice games are great for number recognition, patterns, and many other math skills, too!
1. Simple Dice Game:
(you can use any number of dice for this game)
Choose a number and roll the dice. You score a point every time you roll that number. When you roll that number, you get another turn. When that number is not rolled, the turn is over. Mark the tally for each time you roll the number. First one to a certain score of 10 points wins! (Set the point total low for young children and higher for older ages.)
Requires only 1 die or you can speed it up by using two. With two, the player gets to choose which number they want to use for the drawing.
In this game, each number on the die represents one part of the bug.
#1 = Body, #2 =Head, #3 =Leg, #4=eye, #5= antenna, #6=tail
Each player needs to roll a #1 to start and then can add each detail to that part. For instance, you cannot add each eye until you have rolled a #2 for the head, but you can add each leg that goes on the main body (need to roll a “3” for each one) . The first player to finish their bug, wins.
You can vary this with a bunny, cat, snowman, face, mouse etc. Just decide what number stands for each part to go on the picture.
Requires one die
In this game each player rolls the die. If you roll anything except a “1” you can add that score or take a chance and roll again. You can keep rolling and add that number to your score until you roll a “1”. If you roll a “1 “, you lose all the amount you scored on that turn. It is the player’s option to quit at anytime and take the score up to that point. The first player to 100 wins.
4. Beat That
Each player rolls two dice and writes the highest value number that you can make with the two numbers on the dice. For instance, if a player rolls a 6 and a 1, they would write “61”. The next player rolls the dice and tries to beat that number. The player with the highest number on a round, scores a point. First player to 10 points wins. Vary this for multiplication. Multiply the two dice numbers rolled and the highest value on the round scores a point. Add a third die and then roll all three. Add the lowest two and then multiply it by the highest number. Again, the highest number of the round scores a point.
5. Going to Town
This game uses addition. Play with 3 dice. Roll and keep the highest die. Roll the remaining two and keep the highest. Roll the last die and add the three numbers for your total score. Play several rounds and the highest total wins.
On a piece of paper, draw a ladder and number 1-6 on both sides of the rungs from bottom to top. This game requires two dice. Each number 1-6 is crossed off on one side before they can come back down the ladder on the other side. For instance, if a player rolls a 1 and a 2, they can cross off both the 1 and 2 or they can add them and cross off the 3. For older players, you can go to 10 on the rungs; younger players go to 6. When all the numbers are eliminated, that player wins.
There are so many variations of these games that I could go on and on. These are just a few that are handy to keep in mind when you need something to fill some time. Of course, there is Farkel and Yahtzee, but these take some strategy and are for older kids. I’m concentrating on age 4 through early elementary.
Hope these suggestions help! What are your favorite dice games? I’d love to hear your ideas.
Forgot the dice? Need a quick link to dice games online? Go to playonlinedicegames.
Playing online eliminates the interaction between parent and child along with teaching the math skills, but in a pinch it will do!
Keep those dice handy!
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