Two Dice Sums

The first player who clears his game board wins.



What you need:

  • 2 dice
  • 11 counters per player (plastic chips, dried beans, small cardboard circles)
  • Posterboard
  • Marker or felt tip pen
  • Recording sheet

What to do:

  1. Create one game strip for each player by cutting 2" x 22" strips of poster board. Divide the strip into 11 equal spaces (2" x 2") to make the game board and use the marker to write the numbers 2 to 12 in the spaces.
  2. To begin, each player arranges 11 counters on the game board and records the arrangement. For instance, a player might have two counters on number 3, three counters on number 4, four on number 7, and so forth. The recording sheet should show how many counters each player has placed on each number.
  3. Once the counters are arranged, players take turns rolling the dice.
  4. For each roll, all players remove one counter if it is on the sum rolled. Players keep track of the number of rolls of the dice it takes to clear their game board. The player who removes all his counters first wins.
  5. After playing the game several times, look at the recording sheet. How many rolls did it take to remove the counters in various arrangements? Did some arrangements take longer to clear than others? Can your child spot any patterns?
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