Summer Vacation Game Ideas
Mix Math & Fun with a Roll of the Dice
How do you
keep the kids amused for the long summer holidays? What do you
do when the inevitable rainy day blues strike and everyone gets
fractious and argumentative? And how do you cope when you are
forced to play 'the waiting game' in doctors' surgeries, airports,
or even long car journeys?
Dice games are the ultimate in quick and easy entertainment,
with the added advantages of being cheap, portable and educational
too! You can start playing dice with children as young as 2,
as long as you are sure that they are past the stage of putting
things into their mouths. And you will find that all ages up
to grandparents are happy to join in.
below three particularly quick and easy games, all of which
can be played with children from about the age of 4 up. All
you need are pencil and paper and dice - a maximum of 7, which
you can probably find in existing game boxes around the house.
You will need between two to seven dice, depending on the age
of the players. Roll the dice and put them in order to make
the highest number possible. If you roll a 4 and a 6, for example,
your best answer would be 64. Using three dice, a roll of 3,
5 and 2 should give you 532, and so on. Write down your answer,
pass the dice, and challenge the next player to "Beat
That"; Play in rounds and assign a winner to each round.
For a change, try making the smallest number possible! This
is a great game for reinforcing the concept of place value.
You will need six dice for this game. Roll the dice and look
for runs (sequences) starting with 1 (so 1, 1-2, 1-2-3 and so
on). Each die that is part of a run scores five points. There
can be more than one run in each roll. For example, say you
rolled the following combination: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5 and 5. You would
score 5 points for the first 1. You would then score 15 points
for the sequence of 1, 2 and 3, for a total of 20 points for
that roll. The first player to reach 100 points is the winner.
Use three dice. Roll all three and keep the highest. Roll the
remaining dice and again set aside the highest. Roll the last
die, and add up your total. Write down your score. Play a number
of rounds and then either total your points to find the winner,
or simply count how many rounds were won by each player.