I love dice games! This simple activity can be used as a math centre game (or even an "I'm done, now what?" activity) to practice recognition of numbers 1 to 10 as well as one-to-one correspondence. It is also a great way to introduce the concept of more and less.
*You can read my original blog post about this game HERE
There are two different ways to play this very simple games:
1) In partners, students take turns rolling a single die and colouring in the corresponding number of boxes on their side (i.e. either the boxes under "Player 1" or "Player 2"). For example, if Player 1 rolls 2 dots on the die, they would colour in 2 boxes. The first player to colour in 10 boxes wins.
2) In partners, students roll two dice, add up the dots, and colour the corresponding number of boxes. For example, if Player 1 rolled 2 dots on one die and 3 dots on the other, they could colour 5 boxes...obviously this way takes significantly less time to finish the game and reach 10, but it's a great way to introduce/practice simple addition.
(FYI the numerals printed along the bottom are simply for student reference)
TIP: print the game on cardstock (or back it on colourful construction paper) and laminate it. That way students can colour their boxes with whiteboard markers and play over and over again!
TRICK: you may have noticed the snap cubes pictures on the game sheet. When my students play this game, I have them roll the die, then build a tower representing the number they rolled before colouring it in on their worksheet. For example, if a student rolls two dots on the die, they would snap together 2 cubes to begin their tower, then colour in 2 boxes on the worksheet. That way you hit various learning styles by incorporating a hands-on element through building. Again, the first one who colours in all 10 boxes and has a tower of 10 snap cubes wins.