One of my most used resources for learning are dice. I have a collection of different sided dice as well as multiple dice, however, when I was teaching I also had a set of reusable dice that I could change up depending on what I was teaching. It is something that I have been missing so I decided to make up my own. These DIY chalkboard dice are perfect for using for games and in learning and you can expect to see them in a few posts coming up plus they are really easy to make.

DIY instructions on creating chalkboard dice perfect for a reusable mathematics or literacy resource or for when the dice go missing from your favourite board games.

 

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Materials needed to make your DIY Chalkboard Dice

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Wooden Dice

Sandpaper

Chalkboard Paint

Sponge Brush

Don’t forget to protect your work surface with some old newspaper and wear a pair of gloves so that you don’t cover your hands with the chalkboard paint.

How to make your DIY Chalkboard Dice

  1. Lightly sand your wooden dice.
  2. Prepare your chalkboard paint according to the instructions.DIY instructions on creating chalkboard dice perfect for a reusable mathematics or literacy resource or for when the dice go missing from your favourite board games.
  3. Paint the top and 4 sides of your dice.
  4. Leave to dry.DIY instructions on creating chalkboard dice perfect for a reusable mathematics or literacy resource or for when the dice go missing from your favourite board games.
  5. Once dry turn over and paint the bottom and 4 sides again.
  6. Leave to dry.
  7. Turn your dice on their side and then paint the top and bottom with a second coat.
  8. Leave to dry.

DIY instructions on creating chalkboard dice perfect for a reusable mathematics or literacy resource or for when the dice go missing from your favourite board games.

Check your chalkboard paint instructions some paints need to have the chalkboard primed before use, others don’t.

Using your Chalkboard Dice

I have been using with normal chalk for most of my activities coming up. But within my classroom, if I was using the dice with multiple classes or groups then I would use chalkboard pens which have a little more permanenceĀ but can still be removed.

DIY instructions on creating chalkboard dice perfect for a reusable mathematics or literacy resource or for when the dice go missing from your favourite board games.

Activities using the Dice

Work on reinforcing number bonds to 10 with this rainbow lacing activity including free printable lacing rainbow. Perfect for helping with number sense and mental arithmetic by getting hands-on learning of the basic number facts.

Lacing Rainbow Number Bonds to 10

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DIY instructions on creating chalkboard dice perfect for a reusable mathematics or literacy resource or for when the dice go missing from your favourite board games.

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DIY instructions on creating chalkboard dice perfect for a reusable mathematics or literacy resource or for when the dice go missing from your favourite board games.

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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