Bright Idea: Quiet Dice! - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Bright Idea: Quiet Dice!

I absolutely love for my students to play math games with dice... but I do NOT love 25 students dropping them on their desk tops, or rolling them across the room. Hence, this month's bright idea:

Quiet dice with Ideas by Jivey.
Yes, you CAN have students playing math games at their desk without hearing that constant clatter. The solution? This aisle in Hobby Lobby (or whatever your local craft store may be):
Quiet dice with Ideas by Jivey.

FELT!

They have every color and design of felt you can imagine. The plain colors only cost a quarter, so I went with those. 

Now, just like with every other routine in your classroom, you have to teach them HOW to play with dice and roll them on the felt. We practice together... and during stations, if I hear dice, they get one warning. The next time, they have to put up the dice for that day and I give them a "not-so-fun" review activity to do instead. It only takes one warning!! I've never had a student actually have to put the dice away. :)

So, how DO you roll dice without making noise or having them rolling across the room? First pick up the dice and "make a bubble" around them. Explain you want the dice to move in your hands but you don't want them to ESCAPE. 
Quiet dice with Ideas by Jivey.
Shake the dice gently, then put the sides of your wrists on the felt, before opening your hands. (Let your students know this is an important step to keep the dice from flying...)
Quiet dice with Ideas by Jivey.
...AND THAT'S IT! 
Quiet dice with Ideas by Jivey.

Super easy, right? But believe me. They will need to practice. You'd be amazed at how many think by squeezing the dice and shaking their hands, the numbers are moving around on the dice. HA!

Good luck, and I hope this helps save a little sanity during math stations. :)

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8 comments

  1. Truly a BRIGHT idea! And I had no idea that felt came in all those fab patterns!

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  2. Wow! Awesome tip to help prevent headaches for the teacher! Thank you!

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  3. Love this! Felt pieces help secure and silence math manipulatives like pattern blocks, too!
    Hello Mrs Sykes

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  4. Great idea! My mother-in-law gave me eraser dice. Worked great-- until the kids erased with them!

    My Bright Blue House

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  5. I never thought about felt!!! What a great idea! I've tried other things but never found any to really work.
    -Monique
    More Than Math by Mo

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  6. Great idea! I've also used the foam sheets you can buy.

    Krazy Town

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  7. Felt works for many math manipulatives! We got some foam dice, which makes me happy! (They only go up to 6 dots, though!)

    Sally from Elementary Matters

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  8. This would work great for number and letter tiles too! thanks for sharing!

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