# Help me figure out what to do with 10 sided number dice

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I have this set of dice. Each one has 10 sides with the numbers 0-9 on them. They come in red, green, blue, 6 of each color. Plus 1 more in white, a regular 6-sided die, a six sided die that features addition and subtraction signs and a six sided die that features only multiplication signs.

The instruction sheet that came with this set is not clear. At least not to me. This set has been on my shelf for YEARS, unused. I would like to find or even create some math games for this set. Any ideas?

How would YOU incorporate a resource like this into your school day?

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You could use 2 of the 0-9 and have then add/subtract/multiply whatever numbers are rolled.

You could use 4 (2 sets of 2) and have them add 2 digit numbers.

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How about something like war? Each person playing rolls 2 dice, multiplies the numbers, highest number takes all the totals for their score that round. Play until a specified number (500 or 1000), and the first person there wins.

Here's an idea, call it High Roller. When it's your turn, you roll all 6. Arrange them in the largest number you can make. Each person takes a turn for a round. The highest number made wins that round.

How about rolling all 6 and have them arrange the numbers into an equation?

For example, you roll a 9, 3, 1, 4, 5, 2. You could make this equation: 9x2= (3x5)+4-1.

The possibilities are probably endless! I may have to get a set like that.

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We used to make up games using file folders and stickers to use with those kind of dice. Add or subtract and move that many spaces. Put a trail of numbers, roll one die, divide and move the remainder etc.

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How about something like war? Each person playing rolls 2 dice, multiplies the numbers, highest number takes all the totals for their score that round. Play until a specified number (500 or 1000), and the first person there wins.

Here's an idea, call it High Roller. When it's your turn, you roll all 6. Arrange them in the largest number you can make. Each person takes a turn for a round. The highest number made wins that round.

How about rolling all 6 and have them arrange the numbers into an equation?

For example, you roll a 9, 3, 1, 4, 5, 2. You could make this equation: 9x2= (3x5)+4-1.

The possibilities are probably endless! I may have to get a set like that.

Thank. You.

See, I just look at those silly dice and reread those boring instructions, yawn and put them back on the shelf. I love the equation one, but I believe I will try all of your ideas!

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We used to make up games using file folders and stickers to use with those kind of dice. Add or subtract and move that many spaces. Put a trail of numbers, roll one die, divide and move the remainder etc.

Hmm, this makes me wonder if I could add an element of math practice to board games that they already love, just by replacing the regular dice with the math dice!

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Where did you get them?

Your children are too old for this, but if I had these for my 4.5 year old, I would use them (at this moment) to work on place value.

Blue would equal "hundreds", Red "tens" and "Green" would be units and we'd generate "numbers".

Generating random "equations" to be solved (in our case) with Cuisenaire Rods, would be fun too.

But what a neat and adaptable set.

Bill

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Where did you get them?

Your children are too old for this, but if I had these for my 4.5 year old, I would use them (at this moment) to work on place value.

Blue would equal "hundreds", Red "tens" and "Green" would be units and we'd generate "numbers".

Generating random "equations" to be solved (in our case) with Cuisenaire Rods, would be fun too.

But what a neat and adaptable set.

Bill

We got them years ago at curriculum fair. They are a set that was put together by a Memphis umbrella school and were sold at their booth. Gabriel just had to have them because the man demonstrating them made them look so fun. We got home with them and realized that for them to be so much fun, we needed purchase the man demonstrating them as well!!

And actually the colors are supposed to represent place value; red is 100's and 100,000's, blue is 1's and 1,000, green is 10's and 10,000. According the pamphlet that came with it you use this to learn to do calculations using a left to right method as opposed to the traditional right to left for carrying. I could never get the hang of doing computations from left to right.

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