A Roll of the Dice

Duration: any

Age: toddler, child, parent

Skill for Bub: Hand/eye coordination, Mind builder


It’s never too early to introduce children to math skills. Dice and cards are fun ways to encourage a love of numbers.

These simple games are a great steppingstone to help introduce kids to card and dice games. These games are often used to teach children math skills in preschool and elementary school. (Note: Adult supervision is required when using dice, which could pose a choking hazard.)

Racing to 10

  • Place a deck of cards face down on a table.
  • Everyone draws two cards.
  • Help your child figure out what their numbers add up to, and then figure out what your own cards add up to. Show your child how to write the numbers on a sheet of notebook paper. The first player to 10 (or 20) wins!

Counting Down to Zero

  • Each player starts with 20 points. Write this number under each player’s name on a sheet of paper.
  • Everyone takes turns throwing the dice.
  • Help your child count the dots on the dice to see how much he has. Subtract this number from 10. The first person to zero wins!

Racing to 20

  • Each player starts with zero.
  • The game is played the same as Counting Down to Zero, except you are adding up to get to 20.
  • The first one to 20 wins!

See our Flip the Cup Game and Lid Match Game activities for more great ideas.