Addition with Dice

This is an interesting way for children to become familiar with addition. All of the children here enjoy it. Even when children have not quite mastered writing numbers to 10, they ask if they can do this. We use our grid paper and the child writes out the equation, then counts up the dots and writes the answer.

The ability to recognize that 5 dots represents 5 is called subitizing. Children learn to subitize in various ways – sometimes by playing lots of board games. I find that children these days are less used to dice, so this game is a bit of a novelty for them.

Children fill up one side of the grid paper – 10 equations. I would not check the answers for this type of work since it is the process that is the most important.

As with all of the other things in the classroom, the activity is attractive and appealing to the child. By having a basket to roll the dice in, the work remains in a defined area and the child can always see what he/she has rolled. For this work, I like to use two different colours for the two dice, as I think it makes it a little easier for the child to see which one he/she has already counted.

Readers – please weigh in on this and any other topic. I would love to hear your comments!



About Teri Courchene

Instructor at U of T School of Continuing Studies, Math tutor. Education: CSC, MEd (OISE), AMI Montessori Diploma (FME), MA Economics (Queen's), BA Economics (UWO)
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