A Super Simple Math Dice Game

Here’s a super simple math dice game for little kids in preschool, kindergarten, and perhaps first grade. The last time I was at a teacher store, I picked up a couple of foam number dice for some math fun with Luke (age 4). Today at breakfast, we played a “Which is Bigger?” game.  It couldn’t be any simpler.

Simple Math Dice Game: Which is Bigger?

simple math dice game

All you need are two people and two dice.  Each person rolls one die.  You read the number on your die aloud and let the child do the same.  Then you ask the child, “Which is bigger?”  Luke had a little trouble at first and would arbitrarily call out either of the numbers.  

simple math dice game

I started asking him, “Would you rather have 4 cookies or 6 cookies?”  His reply was, “No cookies!”  I tend to forget he didn’t inherit my love of all things sweet.  Lucky boy!!  So, I changed it to, “Would you rather have 4 Lego kits or 6 Lego kits?”  He didn’t have any trouble telling me the correct answer after that!  It just goes to show you how important it is to appeal to the specific interests of the child you’re working with and how each child is different!!

We started playing our game with dice that had actual numbers written on them. 

simple math dice game

After Luke got the hang of the game, I switched those dice out for traditional ones.  

simple math dice game

Luke would have to count the number on the die each time at the beginning, but once he started to get numbers repeating, he seemed to remember the dot pattern without having to count.  

simple math dice game

As we played, Luke’s dad and I also started introducing terminology like “greater than,” “less than,” and “equal to.”  If you wanted to start introducing the corresponding symbols, you could always draw greater than, lesser than, and equals signs on paper and position them between the two dice you rolled.  For now, we kept our game oral, but this will probably be our next step!

This game couldn’t be any simpler really.  We played for about 10 minutes.  Luke and I played for about 5 minutes, and then he and his dad played for about 5.  We did it at the breakfast table while we adults were having our coffee and after Luke had finished eating.

This would be a great “game” to take along to a restaurant because it’s easy to carry and is pretty quiet to play — especially if you use foam dice, but regular ones wouldn’t be too bad either.

If you like the dice with the actual numbers on them as opposed to the dots, but don’t have access to a teacher store or don’t know where to find them, you can always create your own using wooden cubes from a craft store, or even by making one of those paper dice you can fold up!  To make the game more challenging for kids, you could create number dice like these so that children could work on comparing numbers up to 99!

simple math dice game

Another variation to the game would be that once your child was really understanding the concept, they could actually play by themselves, with just occasional checks by an adult for accuracy.

Do you know a simple math dice game for kids?


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