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!
Math Concept Dice
- Dot Die– Create a giant, traditional die to use in games or to practice counting.
- Numeral Die– Create a die using numbers instead of dots. Use this for games, for practicing reading numerals and counting.
- Number Word Die--Create a die using number words (one, two, three) instead of dots. Use this for games, number word recognition and counting.
- Shape Die-– Draw a shape on each side of the die and practice naming shapes or counting angles or sides.
- Fraction Die– Write different fractions on each side of the die to practice reading fractions.
- Fraction Picture Die– Draw a different fraction picture each side of the die and practice identifying and naming fractions.
- 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.
- Coin Recognition Die– Tape coins or pictures of coins on each side of the die. Roll and name the coin and its value.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Long Vowel Die– Same as above, but with the long vowel sounds.
- 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.
- 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”)
- Color Die– Color each side of the die a different color, roll the die and name the color.
- Color Word Die– Write a color word on each side of the die, roll it and practice reading color words.
Household Helper Die
- 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.”
- 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.
- 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.
- Snack Die– Write 6 healthy snack options on the die and roll it at snack time to see you child will eat.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Family Outing Die– Write the names of favorite places to visit or places you want to visit and then roll the die and go!
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
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