Roll em!

Here's a great solution to math games that require the use of dice.  When we started using the Everyday Math Program a few years ago, I loved the games with dice, but wanted to find an easy way to control the rolls.  Sometimes the dice would travel 10 feet or more when the games were going on!  

So I hunted around, and don't really remember where I found this idea (maybe somebody can let me know its origin) but it works very well and is so easy to make.  At Ruth's Reusable Resources, a local organization that recycles materials, equipment and supplies, I found a bunch of clam chowder lids.  

Our district has a membership to Ruth's, so the lids were free.  While there, I also picked up some felt.  I cut the felt into circles to fit inside of the lids, then glued the felt in.  Easy!

Now, the when the children roll the dice, it's inside of the lid.  The felt keeps the noise level down and slows the movement of the dice.  If the dice go out of the lid, the roll doesn't count.  Love it!  

If you're looking for more ideas and ways to use dice head over to Little Miss Kindergarten's Getting Dicey page.

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  1. That's a great idea! I wonder if it'll work for the boy in my class who wings them right across the room? Ha ha!

    Grade ONEderful



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