When teaching Sunday School (or any class!), it’s easy to make the material more exciting and memorable by playing active review games. This Giant Dice is a great way to take a review game from “blah” to super-fun! It’s also easy to make and suprisingly durable.
Materials Needed for DIY Giant Dice
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- 6 pieces of heavy cardstock paper, light cardboard, or chipboard 8.5 by 11 inch size (This is the exact product I used.)
- Black Marker (or other colors, if desired)
Directions for DIY Giant Dice
Make several marks up the short side of your paper at 1 and 1/4 inches (1.25) from the edge. Flip your ruler around and make a line parallel to the short side of your paper, through your marks.
Repeat on the other side of the paper. Do this on all six pieces of paper.
You should now have an 8 1/2 inch square in the center of each paper. Open your scissors and run the blade down the line, using the ruler edge to keep it straight, to carefully score the paper and make it easier to fold. Repeat on the other line. Do this on all six papers.
Bend the edges of the papers up on both sides.
On a large surface (such as a floor), arrange the bent pages in the following configuration. Note how the folds are alternating directions.
Starting with one piece of paper, smear glue on the outside of the flap.
Stick the glue side down to the next box, matching the folded edge with the paper edge, and secure with tape on the inside seam.
Flip the seam over and secure with tape on the outside, making sure that you leave enough “give” that the corner can still fold.
Repeat with every piece of the box, bringing the edges together and shaping it into a box as you glue.
For the last side, you will glue all three edges at the same time, then tuck the last side down and in. Secure the outer edges with tape.
Add the number spots to the dice with the black marker and you are done.
Easy Ways to Use the Dice
- Have a team throw the dice to see how many points they will get if they answer a review question correctly
- Throw the dice to see how many words of a verse they need to fill in or erase off a dry erase board
- Throw the dice to build a fish. Draw two or more fish bodies on the board, minus the fish tail. Every time a team answers a question correctly, have them throw the dice. Draw the fish body part they roll: 1 for eye, 2 for mouth, 3 for tail, 4 for top fin, 5 for bottom fin, 6 for scales. If they roll the number for a body part they already have, you can have them roll again (for younger kids) or draw nothing for that round (older kids). First team to complete a fish wins.
- Use the dice to play “number bingo”. Make two or more grids on the dry erase board, five lines by five lines (four boxes by four boxes). Randomly write a number from 1 to 6 in each box. For each question answered correctly, a person or team throws the dice and can mark off one square with that number. First team or student to get four in a row (up, down, or diagonal) wins!
- Instead of numbers, write verse fragments or memory verse references on the dice – and have kids finish the verse that they roll
- Instead of numbers, write names of Bible people on each side, and ask questions about the Bible people. (How did this person show faith in God? Was this person courageous [fearful, loving, wise, foolish, faithful]? How do you know?)
- Use the dice to burn off some energy. Have students pick an activity that you have written on a board (jumping jacks, throw a ball into a wastebasket, tap a balloon without letting it touch the ground, etc.), roll the dice, then perform that activity for the number of times rolled.
Now it’s your turn. What games do you love playing with dice with your class? Do you have any suggestions or questions about making the dice? I would love to hear from you. Please scroll down to comment.
May God bless you!