A Fun Dice Game

Q. How do you know children are having fun?

A.You can hear them.


Q. How do you know children are learning?

A. You can see it on their faces.

Only the best maths games manage to hit both areas. Here is a real fun game from the My Little Poppies website that will help children practice all of their Times Tables.

Cait explains:

I love to practice math facts and concepts through play. My kids have an absolute blast playing and have no idea they are learning!

This simple Times Table game is a lot like the game of ‘Hot Potato’. In this version, dice are passed around a circle of players and everyone hopes they don’t end up with all of the dice!

12-sided-diceTo play the game you need five or more players (so its a full family game), and four coloured 12-sided dice (don’t worry if you don’t have the dice, we describe a ‘workaround’ later).

  • All of the players sit in a circle.
  • One player starts with the two 12-sided white dice while another player on the opposite side of the circle uses two 12-sided blue dice.
  • When everyone is ready, give a clear signal to start the game.
  • Both players roll their dice at the same time, multiply the numbers rolled, call out their answer… and quickly pass the dice to the player on their left.
  • The game continues with the dice moving around the circle.
  • The important thing is that the players must multiply as quickly as possible because if the second pair of dice catches up with the first pair the game is over. Anyone who ends up both pairs at the same time you is OUT.

Noisy, fast and great fun.

You can find out more about this, and other maths game at my-little-poppies.com


If you are wondering about the 12-sided dice, you can substitute them for a mini pack of 1-12 cards (see the download button, below). Of course, if you are using number cards then you can select which numbers go in – only use the 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 11 and 12 cards (for example) if those are the tables your children are working with.

You could also use ‘normal’ 6-sided dice if you want to play with multiples up to 6×6.

However, if you really want to play with 12-sided dice – and they do add a great ‘feel’ to the game (and have hundreds of other uses), you can find them in good toy shops or here – 12-sided dice at Amazon

Download two sets of 1-12 Cards


Image credit: Brybelly.com

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