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Dice with Signs

by Early Math Counts

foam dice with symbolsI’ve written about dice in the past on a couple of occasions but this set has not only pips, but cardinal numbers and signs as well.

6 and the ways those numbers are represented by pips on a die, you can add the dice with signs, just to liven things up.  These are large enough that they can be rolled at group time in the center of the rug.

Roll one of the dice with numerals on the side and let the children figure out what number comes up.  Then roll one of the dice with signs.  Use this as an opportunity to “teach” what each of the signs mean.  Next roll one of the dice with pips.  Let the children figure out “how many” pips are shown.  Now, have them compute the number sentence.  This is going to be very difficult for most children, but if you make it fun, and game-like, they will enjoy getting involved.  Be sure to let the children choose which dice to use and let them have turns rolling them.  For some, this will be the focus of the activity rather than the math.  That doesn’t matter.  These dice will provide additional exposure to signs and numbers in a fun and engaging way.

3 Replies to “Dice with Signs”

  1. I recently discovered that Five and Below has big containers full of dice up by the registers–8 sided, 10 sided, four sided (think pyramids), dice with animals on the side, dice in different languages, with animals…all kinds. 25 cents per. I ended up buying 30 or so.

    Just in case you\’re looking for odd ones–Jen if you want to see the collection, stop by the office. They\’re on the shelf below the banjo.

    1. I will stop by and see them and take a pic for the blog. Thanks for the heads up. I don\’t think I know what Five and Below is? Sounds like a store for young children? Perhaps in Chicago?

      1. Five Below is a discount store where almost everything is $5 or less (hence the name 5 below.) It has a lot of interesting things for children but is also similar in design to a \”dollar store\” if you\’re familiar with those.

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