Thursday, August 19, 2010

Sunny Side Up (game learning about double digit numbers)

I brought out a dice game to play with DD called Sunny Side Up.  The dice have the numbers 1-5 and a smiley face.  I made little cards that have 9 numbers using just those digits (such as 51, 42, 14, 3, 5...).  We each have our own card and take turns tossing the dice.  We try to build numbers using the value on each die.  So you need a 5 and a 1 to be able to cross out "51." Or, if you get the "sunny side up" you can choose whichever number you want it to be.  The object is to be the first person to cross out all the numbers on your card.

When I made the cards a year or two ago, I accidentally made a number of cards that used all 9 digits.  So, I made up my own dice using 1-5; 2-6; 3-7; 4-8; 5-9 (each with one sun), and another with 1, 7, 8,9 and two suns. In that version, you could only substitute a number that was on that die when it came up "sunny side up."

This game was really great to play with DD (4 1/2) because I could talk about how important the placement of the numbers was (ie. 51 not 15).  As always LD came running over to play as well!

Hope I explained that clearly! Here are a couple pictures to help...


  1. Hey, I love your blog. I just started my own called Sunny Sundstrom Side Up so this dice game caught my eye! My oldest will be turning 3 soon, I can't wait to dive into homeschooling more! Have a great rest of your summer!

  2. Missing you heaps from DownUnder and just love seeing what you and the kiddos are up to! You are the most wonderful teacher your kids could ever have! And, the boys and I sure miss your always pleasant disposition & endless patience! Love, from the LynchMob