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Teach Math With a Supersized Dice Game

Make the Dice
Giant DIY Dice

Photograph by Ronnie Andren

Start with 12- by 12- by 12-inch cardboard boxes (two for simple games, three for more advanced). Stuff them with crumpled newspaper or packing peanuts, tape them shut, and cover them with white Con-Tact paper. Make 3 1/2-inch black paper circles with a craft punch or by tracing a jar lid. Glue them in place (refer to a real die for the correct placement).

3 Ways to Play
Giant DIY Dice

Photograph by Ronnie Andren

Dice of any size can be used to practice many math skills, from simple addition to more complex operations. Below are a few games to get you started. To make it a contest, award points for the winner of each round. Challenge your kids to invent new games as their skills grow.

1. Lightning Plus: Roll two or three dice. The first player to correctly state the sum wins.

2. Take It Away: Roll two dice. Subtract the smaller number from the bigger one. Players race to be the first to call out the correct answer.

3. Plus Times: Roll three dice. Add the two smaller numbers and multiply the sum by the largest number. The first mathlete to state the correct answer wins.

The skills it builds: addition, subtraction, and multiplication

Short on time? These games can be played with regular dice, too.

Originally published in the November 2013 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

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