Roll and color games are a great way to reinforce basic math concepts. Get five freebies in this set!
This week I’m sharing a set of five free games. My Four loved the variety in these games – and I loved seeing his math skills grow!
Are you familiar with Roll & Color games? They’re also called Roll & Cover, which is actually how we used these.
You’ll find five different games in the download.
The first (pictured above) is the simplest. Have your preschooler roll a single die and cover the matching one on the board. This is great for helping kids with subitizing – which means knowing how many there are in a group without counting each individual object.
For example, the goal is for your child to look at a six on a die and know how many dots there are without counting each pip. I just had to throw that in there. Recently my big kids learned from one of their 1000 facts books that the dots on dice are called pips. 🙂
Technically, your child could play this game without thinking about how many dots are on each die – but I found that my preschooler instinctively wanted to know how many dots were on a die rather than just look for the matching one.
The second game was a nice challenge for my Four. He had to roll the die, identify the number of dots, and then cover the snowball with the number showing one more.
He really enjoyed this and played until every number was covered. I think it helps that we use our colorful glass gems to play. They are such a cool manipulative! (If you don’t want to pay for shipping on Amazon, look for these at your local craft store.)
For this game, he had to roll the die and cover the number that showed one less.
Midway through this game, he was tired, so we put the games away.
Game 4 asks your child to add two dice and find their sum.
Game 5 asks your child to roll a single die and find the number that, added to it, will make 10.
How to play with two players
The great thing about these games is that kids can play them individually OR as two player games. To make it a competitive game, have each player use a different colored crayon or manipulative. When the entire board is colored or covered, the person who colored or covered the most snowballs, wins.