Dice are the way we add the force of chance into our games. In fact with out this force many games would not be fun at all. It’s only by not knowing what the outcome is going to be at each part of our turn that we can be frustrated, elated or distraught through the game. In maths, this force is modelled using the concept of probability and understanding that can help you win some of the dice games out there. If you would like to try these challenges in our online maths clubs, visit https://online.roots2grow.org/ and book a free trial session.
Dice, as the bringers of chance, have been used all over the world for hundreds of years in as many different forms as you can imagine. Today the classic example of a dice would be a six faced cube with each face showing a different number of pips from 1 to 6. We are bringing you some examples of a few games and challenges that will help you explore, ask questions and make observations about dice and the games we play with them.
You don’t even need to own dice (though I imagine there are few people who don’t own at least a couple of pairs of dice, even if they are hidden in various game boxes around your home). There are apps and websites that will allow you to play with dice too. Here are a couple that we use:
Some related topics:
- Addition and subtraction
- Multiplication and area
- Sample space
To try this activity:
- Download the resource file with templates and challenges
- Print out the file
- Get a pencil, ruler, dice and some counters
- Watch the video introductions to each of the activiites (playlist here)
Download or share all of these challenges with this pdf and let us know how you got on with it by tweeting using #momentofmaths and start to see Every moment is a #momentofmaths. Please add any photos or videos to our gallery. Here’s the link: View and upload moments. Remember you can explore the chalenges that we post here in our online maths clubs where you get an online version that you can play with directly on your computer. To find out more about our online clubs go to https://online.roots2grow.org/