Number Rings: A Cool Dice Game

Number Rings: A Cool Dice Game

Number Rings is a cool dice game that grows with your kids.  This creative game takes 10-20 minutes to play and is a great way to make maths fun.  For younger children number rings helps with number recognition.  For older children it is a the perfect game for practising addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, helpng them to quickly solve basic equations.

You will need:

  • 3 Dice
  • Each player needs a piece of paper and writes down the numbers 1 – 18 in a line or a grid.

What to do:

  • The object is to be the first to ring or cross out each number on your list.
  • You do this by throwing all three dice on your turn.
  • You can cross off the numbers on your list that appear on your dice, or you can combine numbers using addition, subtraction, multiplication or division.
  • Eg.You throw a 2, 5 and 6. You could circle the 2, 5 and 6 on your list, or you could add the 5 and 6 and circle the 11 and circle the 2, or circle the 5 and add the 6 and 2 to make 8. Or, add all three numbers together and circle the 13.
  • The only rule is that each dice can only be used once in each turn.
  • For younger children start with crossing off the numbers and when they ready they can start adding. Or you can even just use a list of numbers 1 – 6 to make it easy and less confusing for 6 and 7 year olds.
  • For older children you can add another layer to the game – offensive strategy. Play the normal way but you can now also cross numbers off  your opponent’s sheet instead of on your own.  They will have to roll the same number to uncover the number and roll it another time to cross it off their sheet. Play with different coloured pens for this to be effective.