First, we up-size them. While board games are fun, super-sized board games are 'super fun'! And kids love to throw dice that are big. You can buy these big dice or make your own.
But don't just stick to using numbers on dice, although that can be a great way to determine extra team points. Try these other uses:
- Throw an over-sized die labelled with team colours to determine which team goes next.
- Add actions to your dice (Do 5 star jumps for 10 extra points, Miss a turn etc). You'll need a white or blackboard die for this...see below.
- Use varied numbers on your dice: 1, 5, 10, 20 etc for added excitement to any game.
- Write the segments of your program on the dice to add variety. Kids throw the die to see what will happen next: craft activity, game, review and question time etc
- scissors, ruler, cutting knife, craft glue, packaging tape, washi or decorative tape, pencil, rubber bands,
- foam-core cardboard, styrofoam or 12mm balsa wood (materials that are reasonably sturdy but not too hard.)
- roll of adhesive blackboard
Start small and work up. To make a balsa wood die that is large enough for kids to hold in their hands you will need to use a craft knife to cut these pieces: 2 x 75mm square, 2 pieces 51mm x 75mm, 2 x 51mm square.
Cut out 6 x 50mm square pieces of adhesive blackboard and attach one square to each piece of balsa. Assemble the cube and glue together. Use rubber bands to hold the pieces together until glued.
Making larger dice is actually easier. Decide the size you require. Cut out 6 equal squares of foam-core cardboard or styrofoam. Assemble your cube and secure with packaging tape. Cover the edges with washi or decorative tape. Measure and cut out 6 equal-sized squares and attach to each side of the cube. Finished!