Each night after we tuck the tiniest tot in bed, my husband, daughter and I usually have a few minutes to spend together, just the three of us. We reserve this time for easy games, or puzzles we can do together without our little tot throwing the pieces on the floor or trying to jump on the table. During our safari jungle preschool theme, we came up with an EASY dice game for my preschooler.
Math Skills And Dice Game For Preschoolers
At school my daughter’s teacher constantly talks about the importance of simple dice games. Dice games are GREAT for developing beginner math skills. Some things preschoolers can begin to understand when playing dice games:
- Number recognition
Giraffe Game Rules and Setup
This giraffe dice game works on both adding and subtraction, and also balancing. Think of it as preschool math meets Jenga! The object is the game is to see who can grow the largest giraffe neck the tallest without it falling over in ten rounds.
Materials Needed To Play:
Giraffe Game Rules
Have each player fasten the giraffe head with tape to one of the unifix cubes.
The object of the game is to see who can grow their giraffe neck the longest without it falling over. Have you ever heard of putting a round peg in a square hole? The mega block will act as your base, and it happens to be rounded. The hard part is placing your square unifex cubes on top so it balances and does not fall over.
- Have each player roll the dice to determine who goes first (highest number wins).
- If you roll an even number: 2,4,6 add that many pieces (unifix cubes) to grow your giraffe neck. Then balance the neck on top of your mega block.
- If you roll an odd number: 1, 3, 5 subtract that many unifix cubes from your giraffe neck and then rebalance on the mega block.
- Play 10 rounds and determine whose head can grow the biggest without falling over.
If your child has a hard time balancing on the top of the mega block, turn the mega block over so the side is flat.