Pig

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Pig

This is a quick game that can be played to practice addition. It provides fun by tempting a player with making that next roll to get a higher score. Soft dice or an app to simulate a dice roll can make this a quiet activity for fun and practice.
Number of Players: 2 or more
Material:
  • two dice

Task Instruction

  • The goal is to be the first player to reach 100.
  • On your turn, roll the dice and determine the sum. You can either stop and record that sum or continue rolling and add the new sums together.
  • Roll the pair of dice as many times as you choose. Again, when you decide to stop, record the current total for your score (and add it to your previous score).
But beware! If you roll a 1 on exactly one die, your turn ends and 0 is your recorded score for that turn. And, if you roll double 1's, your turn ends and your entire score is set back to 0.

Reference

From Helping with Math at Home: More Ideas for Parents. 2006. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
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