Want to help your child develop stronger numeracy skills and make your dice games even more fun? These funny little dice are simple and easy to make and they're sure to elicit at least a few giggles. Your child will love rolling them and counting the number of eyes that show up. Once your funny dice are ready to roll, challenge your kid to a game of Many-Eyed Monster Frenzy!
What You Need:
- 2 cubes (or however many you'd like to create)
- At least 42 small googly eyes
What You Do:
- Help your child use a toothpick to apply a small amount of glue to one of the googly eyes and apply it to one side of a cube. Hold the eye down for a moment to make sure it sticks.
- Apply a small amount of glue to 2 googly eyes and place them on another side of your cube. Hold them in place as well.
- Have your child put some glue on 3 googly eyes and stick them to a third side.
- Continue gluing the corresponding number of eyes to the fourth, fifth and sixth sides of your cube.
- Give the cube enough time to dry completely.
- Follow the same steps with the second cube and however many additional dice you'd like to bring to life with the goal of adding a little wacky humor to whatever game you opt to play.
Try playing Many-Eyed Monster Frenzy! You'll need 2 dice and pencils and paper for each kid. Before rolling the dice, inform the kids what kind of monster they're trying to create. For example, tell them that for the first roll they're looking for three-eyed monsters. Kids then take turns rolling the dice and recording their rolls. After they've rolled, challenge them to figure out how many three-eyed monsters they would have given the number of eyes they've rolled. For the next round of rolls tell them they're aiming for a monster with a different number of eyes. This simple game is a great way to introduce multiplication and division fundamentals to young children.