Tumbling Dice is an exciting game of dexterity (and some luck), but it is also great for practicing addition and multiplication facts.
How to Play:
The first player places a die on the top level of the board and flicks it. The goal is to get the die to stop on one of the other levels. Players take turns flicking their dice. A player can either try to score points or knock on of the opponent’s dice off of the board (or possibly both). The game ends when all of the players have run out of dice.
To find the value of a die, multiply the number on the die times the value of the level that it is on. Starting from the top the values are 0, 1, 2, 3, and 4. Then add up all of your dice to get your final score. Highest score wins.
The blue dice here give a good chance to apply the distributive property.
The original game came with a bunch of 6-sided dice. This is nice, but it only lets you practice some of your times tables. So we ordered some other dice. Here are some links to the dice we ordered: 60 Polyhedral Dice, 60 Polyhedral Dice.
We usually play with one 4-sided, two 6-sided, two 8-sided, one 10-sided, one 12-sided, and one 20-sided die. This makes the game more fun and increases the values that the kids have to multiply and add.
If you want your kids to practice different times tables, you can always change the values of the levels. This is especially great if there are sets of facts that your child struggles with.
Why we like it:
- It is fun!
- It is a great way to practice multiplication and addition.
- You can use it to practice many different multiplication facts.
- The kids are constantly multiplying trying to figure out what each die is scoring.
- The randomness of the die rolls keeps kids interested even if they are not doing well. Gideon won a game where he had no points until the very last roll. Then he flicked the 20-sided die. He got a 17 on the 3 level and scored 51 points.
I hope you try out this game because it is a lot of fun and is great math practice. If you order the Polyhedral Dice that we use, you can use them for lots of different ways to practice math. Becki likes to just have the kids roll 2 dice, multiply them, and roll again.