This article takes a closer look at some of the toys and games that
can enhance a child's mathematical learning.
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
Shut the Box game for an adult and child. Can you turn over the cards which match the numbers on the dice?
Watch this video to see how to roll the dice. Now it's your turn! What do you notice about the dice numbers you have recorded?
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
Have a go at this game which involves throwing two dice and adding
their totals. Where should you place your counters to be more
likely to win?
Use the interactivity or play this dice game yourself. How could
you make it fair?
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
This challenge combines addition, multiplication, perseverance and even proof.
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
This dice train has been made using specific rules. How many different trains can you make?
How could you arrange at least two dice in a stack so that the total of the visible spots is 18?
A tool for generating random integers.
This article for teachers discusses examples of problems in which
there is no obvious method but in which children can be encouraged
to think deeply about the context and extend their ability to. . . .
Which of these dice are right-handed and which are left-handed?
Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out
Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?
Roll two red dice and a green dice. Add the two numbers on the red dice and take away the number on the green. What are all the different possibilities that could come up?
Play a dice game of chance
Investigate the numbers that come up on a die as you roll it in the
direction of north, south, east and west, without going over the
path it's already made.
In this game, you can add, subtract, multiply or divide the numbers
on the dice. Which will you do so that you get to the end of the
number line first?
A game for 1 person. Can you work out how the dice must be rolled from the start position to the finish? Play on line.
In this game you throw two dice and find their total, then move the appropriate counter to the right. Which counter reaches the purple box first? Is this what you would expect?
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
I throw three dice and get 5, 3 and 2. Add the scores on the three
dice. What do you get? Now multiply the scores. What do you notice?
When you throw two regular, six-faced dice you have more chance of getting one particular result than any other. What result would that be? Why is this?
Three dice are placed in a row. Find a way to turn each one so that the three numbers on top of the dice total the same as the three numbers on the front of the dice. Can you find all the ways to do. . . .
Find all the numbers that can be made by adding the dots on two dice.
If you had any number of ordinary dice, what are the possible ways
of making their totals 6? What would the product of the dice be