# Computation Dice Games

I remember being in a teacher’s classroom and the students were making equations to equal the number of the day, which was 44. I noticed that all the students were using just two numbers in their equations (40 + 4, 50 – 6, etc.). I wanted to try to push their thinking just a little, so I asked if anyone could make an equation with three numbers to equal 44. Crickets chirping. Okay, so they needed a little more support. I asked them if I added 20 + 20, what would I still have to do to get to 44. That did it! Hands went up, and we wrote the equation 20 + 20 + 4 on the chart. They, of course, followed with more. We even got into some multiplication and division! Very cool. This experience made me realize that we need to get our students to think outside the box on a regular basis. Throw them a curveball, so to speak. With that on my mind, I created these easy little computation dice games for combining 3 numbers, using multiple operations, to make a target number.

There are two versions: one that uses just addition and subtraction toย make 11ย and another that uses addition, subtraction, and multiplication toย make 21. ย Because there’s a strategy component, you’re also sharpening their problem-solving skills! Click here to grab your computation dice games. Enjoy!

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1. Cindy Calenti says:

These are great games. I am going to give them to my daughter to play with her children. ๐

1. Donna Boucher says:

Sounds perfect, Cindy! Couldn’t be easier to play. ๐

2. Sarah says:

We’ve been practicing computation and I totally agree that the kiddos need to think outside the box! Love the idea ๐ Thanks!

1. Donna Boucher says:

Thanks, Sarah! I hope the kiddos like the game. ๐

3. Beverley Baird says:

Great games as usual! Thanks so much!

1. Donna Boucher says:

Thanks, Beverley! Who doesn’t like games, right? ๐

4. Tammy says:

I like the way you stretch your mathematicians. Thank you for sharing.
❀ Tammy
Forever in First

1. Donna Boucher says:

That’s ALWAYS my goal!! ๐

5. Su Anna says:

Oh…I love these games. I’m sure my students will too. Thanks ๐

1. Donna Boucher says:

Thanks, Su Anna! I love that they’re so easy and require virtually no teacher prep.

6. Fontenot's Firebreathers says:

Sounds good. Even older kids can do this! I will see if my 4th graders are up on this one! they tend to live in the box ๐ They hate when I flip the box over!!

1. Donna Boucher says:

Ha ha…flip the box over. Love it!

7. Melissa says:

These are great! Thank you for the Christmas gift. ๐

1. Donna Boucher says:

You’re welcome, Melissa! ๐

8. Amanda says:

Thank you so much for these! My kiddos love these dice games. I love how they let them practice their basic skills in a new way!

1. Donna Boucher says:

Anytime you can make practice a game, it’s a win-win situation! ๐

9. Anonymous says:

Love all your ideas! And freebies!!! Thank you so much!

1. Donna Boucher says:

You’re very welcome. ๐

10. Patti kmetz says:

Thank you for these computation dice games. I am a 4th grade teacher and I am going to use a workshop model to teach math this year. These computation games will work great at the beginning of the year to help me manage math workshop. One station will be a game station.

11. Mama Suzi says:

Thank you so much for all your great ideas! I love your blog!

12. Katie says:

Hi! I can’t get the third link to work:

“If you are looking for more low-prep, high-engagement activities, check out this blog post to see more great games for multiplication.”

Any suggestions to get to the additional blog post?

Thank you!

1. Donna Boucher says:

Huh, I’m not sure why the link was broken, but I’ve fixed it now! Thanks for letting me know. ๐

1. Janet says:

Worked for me, thanks!

13. Cortina V J Nystad says:

Hi! Is there still a link to download this game?

1. Donna Boucher says:

Yes! It’s toward the bottom of the post, in the sentence right above my signature.

14. Chaley Morin says:

Hi Donna, great game! Is there a link to download this game?

1. Donna Boucher says:

Yes, it’s at the bottom of the post. It didn’t stand out very much, so I’ve underlined and bolded it. Sorry for the confusion!

15. Tracie A Drabinski says:

Love your Blog and all your work! Weโve been practicing computation and I totally agree that the kiddos need to think outside the box! Love the idea!!

However, i am having issues downloading..Dropbox won’t “open” i guess…any thougths!?
TIA