# Teacher Mama: Simple and Silent (almost)– Dice in a Can

In a classroom, when have 20+ students playing a game using dice on a hard surface, it can get pretty noisy.  The noise can be distracting to some students and can make it difficult for you (the teacher) to give … Continue reading

# Teacher Mama: Random Number Generator

Random Number Generator I have this plastic (see through) egg carton left over from chocolate Easter Eggs. I have been saving it because I knew that it had potential to be something- someday.  I also had a bunch of rubber … Continue reading

# Teacher Mama: A Die Within a Die

A Die Within a Die   Tired of dice activities yet? This one will get you going again!  As I mentioned a while back, one of the coolest types of dice out there is the die within a die. These … Continue reading

# Boy Mama: 30 Things to Do With Your Giant Die

So now that you have created your giant die from a paper carton, here are 30 things you can use it for.  Since the die is covered with contact paper, you can write on the it with a dry erase marker and tape things to it without damaging it AND it can be used over and over. Or, if you are certain what you want to use it for, go ahead and use a permanent marker!

Shape Die for recognizing and naming shapes

Math Concept Dice
1. Dot Die– Create  a giant, traditional die to use in games or to practice counting.
2. Numeral Die– Create a die using numbers instead of dots.  Use this for games, for practicing reading numerals and counting.
3. Number Word Die--Create a die using number words (one, two, three) instead of dots. Use this for games, number word recognition and counting.
4. Shape Die-- Draw a shape on each side of the die and practice naming shapes or counting angles or sides.
5. Fraction Die– Write different fractions on each side of the die to practice reading fractions.
6. Fraction Picture Die– Draw a different fraction picture each side of the die and practice identifying and naming fractions.
7. Operations Die– Write one operation (+, -, x, /, =) on each side of the die. Use in conjunction with two dot, numeral or number word die and create math problems to solve.
8. Coin Recognition Die– Tape coins or pictures of coins on each side of the die. Roll and name the coin and its value.
9. Coin Value Die– Write the value of coins on each side of the die (ie in the USA 25c, 5c etc), match it to the corresponding coin Use this die in conjunction with the operations die to practice adding money.

Coin Die for recognizing and name coins.

Language Dice
1. Sight Word Die– Write sight words on each side of the die and practice reading them. Words can be easily erased and new words added when you use a dry erase marker.
2. Short Vowel Die– Write each short vowel on one side of the die. On the extra side write “your choice.”  Roll the die and practice the sound that vowel makes.  Use this die in conjunction with two consonant dice practice blending sounds.
3. Long Vowel Die– Same as above, but with the long vowel sounds.
4. Consonant Die– Write some consonants on the die faces, roll the die and say the name of the letter and the sound it makes. Use with the vowel die to practice blending sounds.
5. Word Family Die– Write one word family ( for example -at, -it, -et, -ot, -ut) on each side of the die. Use this die with a consonant die and read the words created. (ie the rolls show “-et” on one die and “p”  on the other- your child will then read the word “pet”)
6. Color Die– Color each side of the die a different color, roll the die and name the color.
7. Color Word Die– Write a color word on each side of the die, roll it and practice reading color words.

Sight Word Die for practicing sight words.

Household Helper Die

1. Whose Turn is it? Die– This will hopefully cut down on that “It’s my turn! No it’s my turn!” problem. Write each person’s name on one side of the die and roll to see who goes first and/or the order of turns.  If you have less than 6 people, add things like “Roll Again” or  ”Parent’s Choice.”
2. Household Chores Die– Write one chore on each side and roll the die to see which chore to do that day or which chore to start with.
3. What to do When Your Bored Die-- I don’t know about you, but nothing irks me more than when my son says he is bored. So, the next time your child says he is bored, pull out the What to do When your Bored Die (prepared with 6 good options) and have him roll it to help him decide what to do.
4. Snack Die– Write 6 healthy snack options on the die and roll it at snack time to see you child will eat.
5. Where to Play Die– Write such words as “outside,” “basement,” “playroom,” etc on the die and roll it to see where to play first or next.
6. Favorite Games Die– Write the name of 6 of your family’s or child’s favorite games on the die and roll it to decide which to play.
7. What Kind of Book Shall We Read Die– Write such genres as “fiction,” “non-fiction,” “poetry,” biography” etc on the die and roll it to see what kind of book you will read at bedtime or what kind of book to look for at the library.
8. What to Wear Die– If you have a child who has a hard time deciding what to wear, write the words for his favorites clothing items on the die and roll it at dressing time to (hopefully) avoid a battle.
9. Reward Die– When a reward is in order, use this die to help decide what to do. Write the words for favorite rewards on each side of the die and roll it to see which it will be.
10. Family Outing Die– Write the names of favorite places to visit or places you want to visit and then roll the die and go!
11. Homework Die– If your child has a lot of homework in different subjects, deciding which to do first can be overwhelming. Write the  names of the different subjects (math, reading, writing etc) on the die and roll it to see where to start.
12. Who Sits Where Die– If you family argues over who gets to sit next to mom or dad, this die can help. Write the names of all the family members in the house, roll the die and whomever’s name pops up gets to pick his seat. Continue until all family members have rolled the die and chosen a seat. This works well for big gatherings as well!
13. Movement Die– If your child has the wiggles and you want something quick to do before jumping in the car or doing errands, write a different movement (hop, twist, spin) on each side of the die, roll it and have him do what it says!

# Boy Mama: How to Make a Giant Die from a Paper Carton

We recently finished this carton of Goldfish Crackers and I just couldn’t bear the thought of throwing the empty container in the trash.  It was just begging to be made into something. So I decided that I would show you how to make a giant cube for a die from a paper carton like this one. You can also use a milk or juice carton.

What you need:

• empty paper carton
• scissors
• a ruler
• glue
• contact paper
• paper of your choosing to cover the carton
Mama’s Directions:
1. Clean out your carton and make sure it is dry and smell free.
2. Cut the top off the carton as shown below.
3. Using your ruler, measure the width of your carton (mine measured 5.5 inches)
4. Beginning at the bottom of the carton, measure up the same distance as the width (mine was 5.5 inches from the bottom of the carton).
5. Draw a line at that point on all 4 sides of the carton.
6. Cut each corner from the top of the container to the lines you drew.
7. Fold along the lines so you now have 4 tabs.
8. Fold and tape the tabs in place.
9. You now have a completed cube.
10. Measure 6 squares of your chosen paper big enough to cover each side of the cube. (I measured and cut 6 squares that measured 5.5 inches by 5.5 inches).
11. Glue the squares on each side of the cube.
12. Optional: I did not like the raw edges so I covered them as well with some extra paper.
13. Cover the entire cube with contact paper or packing tape.
Your giant cube/die is done!
Now, read our post, 30 Things to do With a Giant Die, to see what you can do with it!
http://boymamateachermama.com/2012/04/29/boy-mama-30-things-to-do-with-your-giant-die/

step 2- cut off the top of the container

step 3- measure

step 4- measured

step 5- measure and draw the line around the container

step 5- draw a line around the container at the measured point

step 6- cut from the top of the container to the line on all four corners

step 7- fold all sides along the lines

step 8- fold the tabs in and tape them in place

step 9- your cube is now completed

step 10- measure the paper to cover all sides

step 11- cover all sides with paper

step 12- optional- cover the edges of the cube

step 13- cover the entire cube with contact paper or packing tapes

© www.boymamateachermama.com 2012

# Teacher Mama: Creating Your Own Dice for Learning

Creating Your Own Dice for Learning   In a previous post I introduced some math games involving the use of dice. As I stated then, the possibilites for learning with dice are endless, but not everyone wants to go out … Continue reading

# Teacher Mama: Using Dice to Teach Math Skills

Using Dice to Teach Math Skills    I love dice.  Dice come in all sizes and shapes. There are the basic 6 sided dice that we are all familiar with. You can find these made of plastic, wood, rubber, foam … Continue reading