These roll and cover dice games for kids are a great educational game for when boredom sets in. Use these printable dice games to help your preschoolers and younger kids with number recognition and simple addition.
“Mom, I’m bored.”
If I had a penny for every time that I heard that in a day, then I’d have at least 50 cents.
Not to mention the playroom full of toys, the bookshelves full of books, and the garage full of bikes, scooters, and balls.
But yet, my kids are still complaining of boredom.
I tried once to print out some educational worksheets to cure their boredom, but they weren’t too happy about doing school work as boredom busters. So I got creative…
And created these FREE Printable Neighborhood Scavenger Hunts and…
these awesome Roll and Cover Dice Games!
If you’re struggling with how to keep your younger kids entertained too, then grab my free dice games for kids… they’ll at least keep your kids busy for 20 minutes. 🙂
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How to use the Roll and Cover Dice Games:
These roll and cover dice games are GREAT if you need a quick and easy, no-prep game to keep your younger kids busy.
You can use the dice games a variety of ways, depending on the age and math abilities of your kids.
But first you need to figure out how you will “cover” the numbers. You have a few options for this:
- Laminate the roll and cover game (I have this laminator and LOVE it!) (affiliate), and then mark out the numbers with a dry erase marker. This is GREAT for if you want to use the printable games over and over again.
- Print the roll and cover game on card stock and use a pencil to mark an “X” through the numbers. If you use a sturdy card stock, then you can erase the pencil marks and play again.
- Print the dice game on regular paper and let your kids color in the numbers. You could even make your own color key to practice colors also. For instance, color all 1’s blue and all 2’s yellow, etc.
- Use dot markers like these (affiliate) or bingo chips to cover the numbers.
- Cut or tear pieces of construction paper to use as covers.
Use the Roll and Cover Dice Game for Preschoolers and Toddlers:
The roll and cover games with numbers 1-6 (see below for how to print them!) are perfect for toddlers and preschoolers who are just learning their numbers. Let your kiddos practice number recognition by playing the game like this:
- Give each child one dice to roll and one roll and cover game.
- Have your child roll the dice.
- Find the number on the roll and cover game that matches the number rolled.
- Cover the number.
- If your child rolls a number that has already been covered, then have them roll again until they get a “free” number.
Use the Roll and Cover Dice Game for Kindergarteners and First Graders:
You can use the roll and cover games with numbers 2-12 for your kindergarteners and first graders to practice addition. Play the dice games like this to get in some extra math work:
- Give each child two dice to roll and one roll and cover game.
- Have each child roll two dice.
- Add up the numbers on the two dice and find the number on the roll and cover game that matches the sum.
- Cover the number.
- Keep going until all the numbers are covered.
Use the Printable Dice Games for Older Kids:
Have older kids in elementary school? You could up the ante and use these free printable dice games for your 2nd – 5th graders by turning it into a friendly competition!
Just give each child a printable dice game and a few dice and see who can cover all of their numbers first!
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Other Fun Activities for Kids to Do at Home!
Need other ideas for how to keep your little ones busy while they’re at home? Check out some of these other fun and easy activities for bored kids:
Kids going to be at home for a while? Like a LONG while? Head over to The Spruce for even more Free Printable Activities for Kids!
And happy nesting!