I hope your summer is going great so far! By which I mean that I hope you’ve had some time to relax by the pool and that you haven’t yet felt the need to give any of your kids away (or if you have felt the need that you haven’t actually followed through with it). Since we can all use some easy ideas for keeping the kids happy and occupied this time of year, I’ve decided to share one of our favorite games: the dice game.
I don’t know if this game has a different name, but growing up we just called it “the dice game.” The name comes from the fact that all you need to play it are six dice, which makes it absolutely perfect to pull out anytime you just really need people occupied for a while.
It’s also GREAT for playing on car rides, while waiting around in airports, or even lounging at the beach. You just need a hard surface to roll the dice on and a piece of paper to keep score with and you’re set.
I really like that even little kids can play this game with a bit of help – and every little kid I’ve ever met LOVES rolling dice.
The basic premise of the game is this: you roll six dice. Some combinations of dice will score points, while others don’t. You take out the dice that have scored points and then decide whether to keep that score, or re-roll the remaining dice to try to score more points. But if you roll again and don’t score points, you lose what you’ve earned so far. So the game moves quickly and there’s an element of risk that makes it really fun to play.
I’ve created a free printable instruction sheet and scoring chart, which you see below. You can download it by clicking here.
And if you’d rather watch directions instead of read them, I’ve also made a video that walks you through all the rules and different scoring combinations, so you can get playing with your kids in no time.
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