For Christmas, I made my girls a set of dice to play the game of 'Yahtzee'
I have such happy memories of playing this game as a kid - on holiday with my family, and I'm thrilled that my girls seem to love it just as much. Now that I'm playing it as a parent - I'm seeing too, just how good it is for my girls numeracy skills:
If you're interested in that side of things - I wrote about it on my other blog 'Be Our Best' here.
So here's how to make the dice:
First cut 6 squares of fabric, 2 cm wider than the cube itself, and 6 numbers ready to iron and appliqué on.
I used the numerals this time as the girls already have 5 large dice with dots on, so thought it would be good for them to have a different one!
Iron one number onto each square
Then appliqué around them for extra strength (I often find the glue comes unstuck after a while - partly thanks to the humidity of the tropics!)
Then lay the squares out upside down like this:
Then stitch them with a 3/8" seam
(sorry my measurements are a weird mix of cm and inches - comes from growing up in a metric country, with imperial parents!)
Then pin and stitch the two side squares on too:
And then pin the sides together to form a cube - and stitch!
Almost there! The push the foam cube into the pocket you've created (now turned right sides out)
And using a needle and thread - stitch the remaining sides together!
Then roll your dice!!
Having a big foam dice means a simple board game can become quite an 'active' game as the kids run around the garden chasing after the dice!
Or perhaps you could draw your own 'board game' with chalk on the driveway or pavement outside!
You can use your imagination as to what you could put on the sides of the dice, for example you could make a 'conversation dice' - similar to the talking coasters I made recently...
Or you could use fur and make your own set of fluffy dice for your car! (do people still have those?)
The possibilities are endless!
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