## Friday, January 24, 2014

### Multiplication AREA Dice Roll Game

Have you been over to Teach Beside Me? Karyn always has amazing ideas and this one is no exception. I give her total credit and am thankful that she, like so many other bloggers I follow, shares her educational activities online.

This game requires little to no prep. What you need is a piece of graph paper (I have some large scale paper available for free download here), two dice, and two markers in different colors.

Because I want to reuse the game, I laminated my graph paper and used fine-tip dry-erase markers.

Player 1 gives the dice a shake and using the numbers rolled, colors in the blocks on the graph paper, figuring out the area and multiplication problem. For example, if Player 1 rolls a 2 and a 3 then they color in an area 2 squares by 3 squares, and solve the multiplication problem by saying aloud, "6 is the area."

Player 2 does the same, and play continues to alternate between players.

When a player rolls but can no longer make the shape because there isn't enough free space on the page, count the colored areas up to see which player has the most. They're the winner!

This game is a great way to review multiplication problems for tables 1-6 and to introduce the difference between perimeter and area.

1. Thanks for the mention :) I love your site as well!

2. We play it at home as well, and daughter loves it. I like the idea to laminate and reuse the paper!

3. I love this! I was planning to review perimeter and area this week so perfect timing - thank you!

4. Thank you you for sharing this fun idea and to Karyn for sharing originally. Can't wait to do this with my daugther this week after school! I love how this takes math into a fun visual activity that has a little hands on fun with it!

5. Wow, I think my oldest would love this game! They just finished area and perimeter at school.

6. Oh, I like this! We will play this during our homeschool Friday Fun Days.

7. This is a great activity as it gives them a picture of the facts.

8. Great game - I will mention about it on my blog! Thank you.