Want an easy multiplication dice game that kids can play at home or in the classroom? This fun math practice game requires neither specialty dice, nor complicated game boards and printable worksheets.
All you need is one die and a pen and paper to keep score! I do have a free printable score card if you want, but it's not strictly necessary.
And to make learning multiplication even more fun, pair this multiplication game with drawing spirolaterals, a snazzy math art project to practice times tables!
I've seen this game called "game of six" or "Sechser-Spiel" but whatever you call it, players will need to use their recall of the times tables to play. Plus, at the end, kids exercise their addition skills, too!
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How to Play Multiplication Dice Game
To be the player with the highest total score after six rolls of the die.
What you need:
- One die. I won't lie, we love it when each player has their own colored die, which is why we own a gazillion dice and why we own these awesome vintage colors dice.
- Pen and paper, or our printable score card. (Get it below)
- At least 2 enthusiastic players
Multiplication Dice Game rules
- Gather your materials!
See above for the list.
- Who goes first?
Everyone rolls a die. The player with the highest roll starts the game. Play moves clockwise.
- Start off!
Player one throws the die. She records her score for that roll by multiplying the number on the die by one of the numbers on the score card (1-6). Play passes to the next player.
- Recording scores
For each turn, the player multiplies the number on the die by a number from 1-6. Each number from 1-6 can only be used once. For example, if a player rolls a 6, she will probably want to multiply it by 6 (36) and enter it in the appropriate box.
However, if she already filled the 6 box on a previous turn, she must choose a number from a vacant box and multiply 6 by that number.
At the end of 6 turns per player, all the boxes will be filled in. Players then total the results of all 6 rounds. Highest score wins
Dice Game Variation
Included in the printable score card is an extended version of this multiplication dice game in which players roll the die a total of 12 times. It's a longer game but kids will practice higher number equations.
Thoughts on Game Play
Players not only practice multiplication tables, they must strategize as to the best way to accrue points. Do they multiply their 3 by 6 or hold out for a higher roll of 6 in the hopes of scoring 36?
No matter where or how long you play, this multiplication dice game is a great addition to your math learning!
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