Dice Art

This is a very simple but effective arts integration idea for reinforcing number quantities 1 -6.   It is a great way to check 1:1 correspondence and number conservation.

Each child will need:

  • a dice,
  • a construction paper
  • blotter (Dapper or Bingo) paint bottles

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How to Play:

  • Roll the dice.  I tell the children to roll the dice inside their hands.  I say something like: “Make a little peek hole and blow on the dice! Then shake shake!  Open your hands and see which number is facing up!”  This prevents dice flying around the room and landing all over the place.
  • Make the same number of dots on your paper as you see on your dice.  Roll a five, make five dots.
  • Keep rolling and making those dots!  Fill your paper.

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This child ordered each roll of his dice in neat rows of dots on his paper.

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I love this activity’s ability to reach multiple levels of competency.   For the children who are still developing 1:1 correspondence – this is great practice and there is no failure.  Everyone is creating a beautiful piece of dot art.

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Assessment:  I like to walk around and ask children to tell me the number they rolled.  I will move the dice to several numbers (dots) to further assess their understanding.

 

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Comments

  1. I like this idea. I would suggest giving each child a messy tray that has sides to keep their paper and dice in so the die wont roll away. You can get the cardboard boxes from the soda delivery person at work or you can get the boxes from the shelves at your local store when they are empty.

  2. Christie Verarde says:

    Hi Sally,

    I will be teaching a “Math and Science for children” class at a local college soon and will add this idea to the exploration nights I offer during the course. You have some great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

    -Christie

  3. This is a great idea. I love the simple and straightforward ideas you share. They are based in best practices and developmentally appropriate practice and I love that.

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