Posted on Last updated: November 20, 2020 By: Author Kim
Categories STEM and Learning Activities with Kids
How To Make Paper Dice (with Free Printable!)
How to make paper dice with your kids.
Games are an amazing way for kids to learn. Taking turns, counting, strategy. And an important part of games is dice.
Dice alone are great ways to learn. Counting, number recognition, addition and subtraction. All of the number sense skills come out with dice. Don’t stop with numbers. You can put any symbol that you want on dice.
The problem can be finding dice that have what you need on them. Or finding the dice that you have in the jumble of toys in the playroom.
That doesn’t have to be an issue though. You can print up your own dice and make exactly what you need when you need it.
Here is how to make paper dice at home with a free printable pattern.
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This is a super easy fix if you need dice with specific markings or just don’t want to buy one.
- Printable Dice Pattern
Step one is to print out the pattern.
If you want to work on scissor skills with your child, this is a great chance for them to help out. Do know that the dice will be easiest to make and will roll best if the lines are cut straight.
You want to cut out the entire pattern.
Write in your numbers or symbols on the six big squares. This is a great chance to let your child color and personalize the dice!
Then fold the dice in on itself on the interior lines. Use the flaps to tape or glue your dice together.
It’s that easy! I will say that an adult will probably need to help with the taping. It can be hard for little hands to hold everything in place. But once that is done you are ready for all the math games you can think of!
(And who knows, maybe it will get your kiddos interested in learning more about origami! )
Make simple paper dice at home for games and great math learning activities!
- Print dice template.
- Cut along the exterior lines.
- Draw your numbers or symbols on the squares.
- Fold along the interior lines to shape the cube.
- Glue the tabs to hold the dice together.
Click here to get the printable to make the dice at home!
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Make your own dice out of paper to use for games and for practicing children's early math skills. A printable cube template is included for easy crafting.
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- A4 or Letter size cardstock
- Colored markers or small stickers
1 Print out the template.
Print out either of these cube templates on A4 or Letter size cardstock.
- Template 1 - print out two copies to make a pair of 2¼" dice.
- Template 2 - print out one copy to make a pair of 1½" dice.
Cut out the cube templates.
3 Fold along the inside lines.
Fold each cube template along the inside lines.
4 Draw dots.
The die's 6 faces show a different number of dots from 1 to 6. You can draw dots or make other fun shapes like small flowers, stars, hearts, or smiley faces.
If you are keen on following a real die's positioning of these dots, follow the positions as shown in the photo. When assembled into a cube, you will notice that opposite faces of the die add up to 7.
5 Put glue on one tab.
Apply glue on one of the tabs.
6 Glue the tab.
Glue the tab behind the adjacent face.
7 Assemble the cube.
Glue the rest of the faces together along the tabs following Steps 5 and 6 to form a cube.
8 Make a pair of dice.
Make a pair of dice to use for games or simply use them to practice counting and basic addition.
Create colorful dice.
Print out the cube template on colored cardstock to come up with brightly-colored dice.
Instead of drawing shapes on the dice, you can glue small paper shapes or put small stickers on the faces of the dice.
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How To Make Paper Dice Yield: Paper Dice Prep Time: 2 minutes Active Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 7 minutes Difficulty: Easy Make simple paper dice at home for games and great math learning activities! Materials Paper Tape/Glue Markers/Crayons Scissors Tools Printer Instructions Print dice template. Cut along the exterior lines.
5 Put glue on one tab. Apply glue on one of the tabs. 6 Glue the tab. Glue the tab behind the adjacent face. 7 Assemble the cube. Glue the rest of the faces together along the tabs following Steps 5 and 6 to form a cube. 8 Make a pair of dice. Make a pair of dice to use for games or simply use them to practice counting and basic addition.