My mom bought me this little game called “Math Dice” for Christmas this year. Have you heard of it? I hadn’t, and truth be told, I’m not sure my mom realized it was a game she was buying it for me.

When I opened the package she said “I thought you could do something creative with those dice and your math blog.” In the days after Christmas, I scooped the unopened box of dice into our “junk drawer” (sorry mom) and rediscovered them this weekend while cleaning. On the back the of the box were the directions to the “Math Dice Game.”

This morning I had a little extra time, so I thought I’d give the game try!

Step One: Roll the 12-sided target dice

Step Two: Roll the three 6-sided scoring dice. Combine the three scoring dice in anyway to match or come closest to the Target Number.

Ummm, really? 1, 1, 2? The closest I could get to 80 was 24. This is what I did:

(1+1+2)! = 4*3*2*1. Can you get closer?

My second roll of the Target Dice was 36

My Scoring Dice roll was 6, 4, 2

Super easy: (6*(4+2))=36. Did you get 36 another way?

My last roll was 20

And my scoring dice were 6, 3, 1

I couldn’t get 20. I could get 18 and 21, but 20 right on the money was a little tricky. Can you do it?

Much, much more to come about this fun Math Game, with my new Math Dice . . . I’m working on a table of possible Target Number combinations as we speak!

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