15 Easy Yet Fun Dice Games For Children To Play

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Whether you want to keep your children engaged at home when the weather outside is not conducive or want them to pick up some slick counting skills, dice games can be the right solution. These are an excellent way to pass the time and develop critical skills in children, such as mathematical calculations, probability analysis, deduction, and fine motor skills. Playing dice games with multiple players also helps them in improving social skills.

Dice games have been played since time immemorial for their ease and fun element. In most cases, you only need paper, a pencil, and dice. The best part of dice games is that they can be played anywhere. So, if you are on a plane with a child, dice games can save you from a meltdown.

We have compiled some of the most popular dice games for kids in this post. Get your dice and get ready to go on an enjoyable ride.

15 Dice Games For Kids

Dice games can be played with friends and family so you can spend time together and enhance your bond.

1. Passage

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It is a classic game to teach basic addition and numbers. The game is super fun and entertaining for children and adults.

Number of players:

Two or more

You will need:

  • A pair of dice

How to play:

  1. Each player starts by rolling a die. The player who scores the highest will be the first player.
  2. The player who scores the lowest number will roll the die a second time. The number on the die is the point number.
  3. For example, if you roll ‘two’ after rolling the lowest number, ‘two’ is your point number.
  4. The first player starts rolling both the dice together. If they get the point number, they score one point. If the number is double the point number, they get two points.
  5. The first player to score 11 points wins.

2. Run for it

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Run for it is a great game to teach your child the power of sequences. As they make different sequences throughout this game, they can learn probability.

Number of players:

Two or more

You will need:

  • Six dice

How to play:

  1. Each player takes turns in rolling out six dice.
  2. Once rolled, the player tries to organize the set into a run. A run is a set of consecutive numbers starting from 1. For example, 1-2-1-2-3-4 has two runs (1-2) and (1-2-3-4), while 2-3-3-4-5-6 has no runs.
  3. If you make a run, you’ll get5 points for each number. As in the previous example, (1-2) gets 10 points and (1-2-3-4) gets 20 points. So, you get30 points in total.
  4. The player to score 100 points first wins.

3. Knock out

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Knock out is a simple game and can be played with preschoolers and children who learning numbers.

Number of players:

Two or more

You will need:

  • A pair of dice

How to play:

  1. Each player selects a knockout number from 6, 7, and
  2. The players have to roll the dice in turns and add the numbers.
  3. If the added number is not the knockout number, add the number to the player’s score and pass on the dice to the next player.
  4. If the added number is the knockout number, the player gets no points for that round.
  5. The player to score 100 points first is the winner.

4. Beat that

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It is a family dice game that children would love to play. Playing this easy and entertaining game with the whole family can give you a great time.

Number of players:

Two or more

You will need:

  • A pair of dice

How to play:

  1. Each player must roll the pair of dice. The number facing upwards is the player’s number. For example, if one dice has two and the other has five, the player gets 25.
  2. They pass the dice to the next player and say, “Beat that!”
  3. The next player should try to roll a combination that is greater than the first player.
  4. The player with the highest combination is the winner of the round.
  5. You could also add up the numbers and declare the player who reaches 1000 as the winner.
  6. You can adjust the number of dice according to the age of the players.

5. Fifty

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The game keeps the little one’s brains sharp. Fifty teaches critical probability analysis and deduction skills easily.

Number of players:

Two or more

You will need:

  • A pair of dice

How to play:

  1. Each player takes turns in rolling the pair of dice and attempt to roll doubles.
  2. If the dice are not doubles, the player does not get a score.
  3. If the dice are doubles, they get the following scores:
    1. Double 1s, 2s, 4s, and 5s = 5 points
    2. Double 6s = 25 points
    3. Double 3s = no score, plus their score up to that point is wiped out, and they have to start again.
  4. The player to score 50 points first is the winner.

6. Catch up

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If you have a bigger group of children, initiate this game and watch them enjoying it.

Number of players:

Four or more

You will need:

  • A pair of dice
  • Counters or small toys for each child

How to play:

  1. Players sit in a circle so that the youngest and the oldest ones are opposite each other.
  2. Distribute one die to both the players.
  3. Put the counters in the center of the circle.
  4. Players without the dice can create a rhythm by clapping their hands, knees, or tables.
  5. Whoever has the dice must roll the dice at the same time.
  6. If the number is any other number than 6, they collect a counter.
  7. If the number is 6, they pass the die to the player to their left and start clapping to the rhythm.
  8. The child who already has a die in possession while receiving one from the previous player is the winner.

7. Going to Boston

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It is an ancient classic dice game for kids that is easy to learn, entertaining, and your children will soon be adding up numbers like a pro.

Number of players:

Two or more

You will need:

  • Three dice

How to play:

  1. Roll three dice and keep the highest aside.
  2. Repeat with the remaining two.
  3. Roll the single die and add up the total—it becomes your score.
  4. The player who reaches 500 points first is the winner.
  5. You can use more dice as well. And if your children are older, ask them to multiply the numbers instead of adding them.

8. Three or more

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Three or more is a fast-paced game that your children would enjoy. You can play it with children of all age groups.

Number of players:

Two or more

You will need:

  • Five dice

How to play:

  1. Each player takes turns to roll the five dice.
  2. The goal of the game is to roll out at least three of one number.
  3. When the five dice are rolled, these are the probabilities that might happen:
    1. If the roll contains no matches, the player scores zero points and has to pass the dice to the next player.
    2. If the roll contains three or more of the same number, the player scores, and the dice are passed to the next player.
    3. If the roll contains two of the same number, the player must re-roll the remaining three dice.
    4. If there are three or more of the same number, the player scores. If there are not, the dice are passed to the next player.
  4. The player to reach the score of 500first is the winner.
  5. The scoring of the rolls is done this way:
    1. 3 of the same number = 3 points
    2. 4 of the same number = 6 points
    3. 5 of the same number = 12 points

9. Drop dead

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This game is similar to “three or more” and equally fun. Though the name of the game is scary, your children will be engaged in playing it.

Number of players:

Two or more

You will need:

  • Five dice

How to play:

  1. Each player takes turns in rolling all the five dice at once.
  2. The goal of the game is to roll out dice without two or five showing up.
  3. If the player rolls the dice and there are other numbers than two and five, add up the numbers that makethe player’s score.
  4. Add up the numbers every time the player rolls without two or five, and add them to the score.
  5. When there are dice with two and five on them, the player does not score any points and has to keep them aside and roll the remaining dice again.
  6. If the remaining dice have a two or five, the player does not score and keeps the dice with the numbers aside.
  7. Continue till the player has no dice left.
  8. Then pass on the dice to the next player.
  9. The player to score 500 points first is the winner.

10. Pig

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Pig is an interesting game to keep children engaged for a long time. It is surprisingly simple and develops children’s decision-making skills.

Number of players:

Two or more

You will need:

  • A die

How to play:

  1. Each player takes turns in rolling the die.
  2. The goal is to keep rolling it until it doesn’t roll.
  3. A player can take any number of turns and can stop whenever they like.
  4. They have to add the numbers that appear to their score.
  5. If a player encounters ‘one,’ they lose all their points they have scored and have to start over again.
  6. Give the die to the next player and continue.
  7. The player to score 100 points first is the winner.

11. Sequences

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Sequences is similar to “three or more” and “run for it.” It is suitable for preschoolers and older children who are learning to count numbers.

Number of players:

Two or more

You will need:

  • Six dice
  • Pen and paper

How to play:

  1. Each player takes turns in rolling six dice.
  2. If there is a ‘one’ in the round, the player scores five points for every number in a sequence. For example, if the player has rolled 3-2-1-4-1-6, they get 20 points for the (1-2-3-4) sequence as there are the numbers 1, 2, 3, and 4 in order.
  3. If there is no ‘one’ in the round, no points are scored.
  4. If there are three ones in the round, the player loses all the points they scored.
  5. The player to reach 100 points first is the winner.

12. Round the clock

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Round the clock is a dice game for kids who recognize the number of spots on the dice. It can be played with children and adults of any age group.

Number of players:

Two or more

You will need:

  • A pair of dice

How to play:

  1. All players throw a die. The player who gets the lowest number will begin the game.
  2. The aim of the game is to roll the numbers from one to 12 in order.
  3. The first player has to attempt to throw a one. Then all the players will take turns to do the same.
  4. In the next round, the players who had rolled ‘one’ will try to roll ‘two.’ Any player who did not get ‘one’ in the first round should try to roll this time.
  5. The game continues this way until all the players get to roll all the numbers until 12.
  6. The first player who reaches 12 is the winner.

13. Block out

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The game is essentially for older children who can multiply, but you can improvise it for younger children by making them add numbers.

Number of players:

Two to four players

You will need:

  • A pair of dice
  • Graph paper
  • Colored pencils – one color for each player

How to play:

  1. The first player begins by rolling the dice.
  2. They draw the rolled numbers on graph paper. For example, if the player throws ‘five’ and ‘two,’ they draw a box with those dimensions.
  3. The second player does the same.
  4. The boxes have to be drawn as close as possible though they should not overlap.
  5. Draw as many boxes as you can on the paper. Once space is all used up, and there is no scope for drawing more boxes, calculate each player’s area by adding their numbers.
  6. The player who has the maximum area is the winner.

14. Roll a value

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If you are trying to teach the value of the currency to your child, this game can do the trick for you.

Number of players:

Two or more

You will need:

  • A pair of dice
  • Coins of different values

How to play:

  1. Each player rolls the pair of dice.
  2. Add up the numbers on them to get a figure.
  3. The player determines which coins to use so that they can equal the figure.
  4. The first player to earn $10 is the winner.

15. Aces in the pot

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Aces in the pot is a simple but enjoyable game that will keep your children and family occupied for quite some time.

Number of players:

Three or more

You will need:

  • A pair of dice
  • Counters or tokens – two per player
  • A bowl

How to play:

  1. Each player has two tokens. Place the bowl in the center.
  2. The first player rolls the dice.
    1. If one of the dice shows ‘one,’ they have to put one token in the bowl.
    2. If the dice show double ones, the player has to put in two tokens. If the player has only one token, put only one.
    3. If the dice shows a ‘six,’ the player should pass one token to the player on their left.
    4. If the dice shows double sixes, the player has to pass two tokens to the next player.
    5. If the dice show neither one nor six, the player takes no action and passes the dice.
  3. If a player has no tokens, they have to wait till they receive tokens. They cannot take turns until then.
  4. Continue playing until all the tokens are in the bowl except one.
  5. The player with the last token rolls the dice thrice in a row.
  6. If the dice do not show ‘six’ all three times, the player is the winner.
  7. If the dice shows ‘six,’ the player has to pass the token along to the next player who throws the dice thrice again and so on until someone throws the dice thrice without showing a ‘six’—that player is the winner.

With children frequently turning to electronics and social media for entertainment, these dice games for kids have slowly faded. Introduce these games to your children on family game nights, and you can increase their interest in them.

These games are designed for cognitive and physical development and ensure that your children are having fun all the way. Even adults can play these games too for a whole lot of fun and laughter.So, switch off the TV, get some dice, and enjoy these dice games.