Like most homeschool moms (and many non-homeschooling moms) I am constantly on the look out for games that are fun, easy, and educational. Bonus points if the game invites imaginative play and allows them to make up their own rules with minimal supervision on my part :)
The Educational Dice Bag is a compilation of three different sets of dice.
- Alphabet Dice Delight – This set contains one 30 side alphabet die and one vowel die. The Alphabet die has all 26 letters of the alphabet and four wild sides. The consonants are blue, the vowels are red, and the wild are green. The vowel die as all five vowels and y (you know… sometimes y).
- Rolling Math Games – This contains two traditional dice (albeit much more colorful), one die with numerals, and the last with the number words.
- Deca Dice Fun – This set has four dice with ten sides each. One has dots, one with number words, another with numerals, and the last (the double deca die) is a numeral deca die inside of a numeral deca die.
As you can imagine, this particular die was the family favorite :) Even Matt was impressed!
One math operations die is also included :)
Finally, there are instructions for each set that includes directions for all sorts of games that can be played with them.
The Educational Dice Bag was a big hit at our house. When we first started using it I tried valiantly to get my children to play some of the games that were described in the directions but it wasn’t long before it was clear my children weren’t going to adhere to anything so confining. What started out as a simple addition game turned in to a game where the child would roll ALL of the number dice (deca die included) and tried to get a discernible pattern within three rolls. I was amazed at the patterns they were able to find (odds, evens, six and 3 equal 9, etc.) it seemed that no matter which numbers they ended up with they were able to figure out a way to make it work in a way that made sense.
Another time, Lucy and Emma turned it in to a singing game. They would roll the alphabet die and one of the number dies. They would sing the alphabet song up to that letter then sing that letter however many times the number indicated while keeping the tune of the song going… I didn’t fare very well in this game. Initially I thought that was kind of a silly game to play but after thinking about it for a while I thought how it must be very like patting your head and rubbing your belly. Keeping track of the song in your head while singing something different is NOT easy.
One of our favorite games was the “the exercise game”. I pulled this out whenever they were getting a little on the rambunctious side (well… more rambunctious than usual). A child would roll the letter die and the double deca die. They would add the numbers of the deca die together and would do that many reps of whatever exercise I could think of that had the letter in it. Confused yet? They roll a J and an 8 and a 10. Then they do 18 Jumping Jacks.
We used the double deca die alone for several games. We used it to help Spencer practice saying double digit numbers. Lucy and Emma enjoyed using it to refine their basic arithmetic skills. This is especially helpful since I like to avoid having several things out at once. My favorite aspect though is the simplicity of it all. Even though my three year old wasn’t able to follow the directions, Jack was still able to feel included when we played together because of the simplicity of the actions involved. Jack and I would often team up :) No cards, boards, or player pieces to be scattered about by a wild toddler.
The Educational Dice Bag is $23 and while it’s obviously not intended for babies and toddlers (what with small pieces that can be easily popped in to a mouth), the complexity of the games can be adjusted for all other elementary ages :) This is a wonderful resource for supplemental math and reading games and those homeschoolers who follow “classical” and “living” curriculum methods should find that this fits right in.
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