Roll those dice! The first thing one must do when designing games with blank dice is to determine what the object of the game is. After determining the object of the game one must decide on the rules of the game. Dry Erase DND Maps Then other considerations will be easier to decide upon such as the amount of dice needed to play, the color of the dice, and the material of the dice. Finally, the dice needs to be labeled. Games designed with blank dice can be used for individuals or groups and can be especially helpful in targeting children’s weak areas. The variety of games that can be created is only limited by the designer’s imagination.
Perhaps, a child is trying to improve his mental addition skills. A simple game is Lucky Charm(modified version of Marilyn Burns’ Game of Pig)
Math Concepts: mental addition, critical thinking skills
Object of the game: First to reach 150 points (played with two dice each of them labeled with one Lucky
How to Play: First player, rolls the dice, adds the numbers mentally. If you get a Lucky Charm you
earn 9 points. Your turn continues until you roll a 6.
Critical thinking: How often will a person get a Lucky Charm or 6. ( Tally incidents and have a discussion)
Using blank dice in the area of language skills is useful. Parts of speech can be labeled on the dice: such as noun, pronoun, verb, adjective, etc. The player can name a word that fits the part of speech just rolled. He can then use it in a sentence or give a synonym for the word. Interrogative dice are helpful as students have trouble asking questions: who, what, where, why, when or how. Or it could be used as a story-starter. The participants can create a story together. The parts of the very difficult verb “to be” ( am, are, is, was, were, etc. ) can be placed on the dice. The players can make sentences with them.
An intriguing game had as its object was to build a civilization. The dice pictured wood, brick, wool, wheat, ore, and gold. A person might create a road on his roll. On the market, there are dice of vibrant colors – blue, green, red, yellow, blue, white. A game can consist of just the dice or a game board can be added. The number of players can be flexible. The number of categories is limitless. Thus the variety of games a person can design is only limited by the designer’s creative imagination.