Dot Dabber Dice Game

Since Honor has now mastered color identification, I thought we’d move on to working on numbers.  I figured the best way to do this would be through a somewhat art based activity because she LOVES “projects”!  I quickly came up with this game one afternoon.

The Dot Dabber Dice Game!

All you need is …

  • dot art paint dabbers
  • a die
  • coffee filters (any paper would work fine)

Here’s how to play … line up all the dot dabbers in a row.  Have each player take one coffee filter.  The youngest player rolls the die first, and then takes the dot dabber that is first in the line and dabs as many dots that are on the die on their own coffee filter.


When the players turn is over, the next person rolls the die and uses the same dot dabber on their coffee filter (that way EVERYONE gets to use all the colors!)  Play continues until all the colors are used … or your coffee filter is full (depending on how long YOU want the game to go!).

It’s great because a wide age range can enjoy the game, there’s really no limit on how many players can play (solo or group play), and everyone wins!  Not to mention, you end up with some really cool art!!!


or, maybe, even a HAT!

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Laura Hutchison

Laura Hutchison (aka PlayDrMom) is a chubby kid turned competitive figure skater tween turned high school pom pon girl turned MSU Spartan turned grad student turned Mrs. HutcH turned Dr. turned Mom. She adores living in the Mitten, is addicted to Diet Coke, and firmly believes that ice cream is a main food group.

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  1. Deborah

    Wow! Math, Colors and Art all in one. Very neat concept:)

  2. Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

    FUN! 🙂 That hat picture is adorable. I LOVE dot markers!

  3. Didi

    What a fun game! It does make for some very fancy hats at the end. 🙂

  4. tricia

    Well, I just bought my first jar of mod podge after seeing everyone’s crafty posts for a year and thought I’d caught up in the craft dept….but now I see I have never bought or used bingo dabbers. 🙂 Will have to fix that. Creative math game!

  5. Lorie

    This is genius! My kids will love it!

  6. Laura

    Thanks everyone for the sweet comments!

  7. Valerie @ Glittering Muffins

    Awesome game, might try it with Nico, he’s good at colors too. He just can’t grab the concept the five little dots is the same as the number 5. He does recognize his numbers up to 10. He’s been in a no mood lately so I hope to convince him on trying this.

  8. Whimsical Kids Canvas / Lori Sutton

    Very cute. Love her new hat. LOL

  9. Ness

    This is great! My son loves his dot dabbers, and numbers, and colours…..something tells me we are going to be trying this! Pinning this! 🙂

  10. Rebekah @ The Golden Gleam

    Great way to combine art and math. Will be pinning this to my Math Play board on Pinterest.

  11. crystal@growingajeweledrose

    What a fun, and colorful game!

  12. Andrea @ No Doubt Learning

    This is a really cute way to integrate numbers and art. Plus, when you are done, you can use a spray bottle on it and the ink may run together into a colorful pattern to hang up 🙂

  13. maryanne @ mama smiles

    What a fun, simple game!

  14. Lorie

    Pinning this to the Kid’s Co-op Pinterest board!

  15. Jayne

    Great idea! I love the results too. Now the filters could be combined to make a flower, end up (after many games) with a lovely bouquet!

  16. Katie

    Thanks for sharing this fun idea on Show and Tell this week. We have dot painters and I think my preschool and kinder kiddos would love to play this on a rainy afternoon!

  17. Alissa @ Creative WIth Kids

    Oh yeah, definitely a fashionable hat! 🙂
    Thanks for linking to Kids Get Crafty! ~ Alissa and Maggy

  18. christine

    My kiddos adore do a dot markers! Thanks for sharing with us all at the weekly kids co-op!

  19. Stacy

    Fun!! Now after you are all done marking it up fold it in half, then half, again, and one more time. Now put just the tip of it in water and let it soak it up, lay out on paper towel and push all the water out…it makes and AWESOME tye-dye coffee filter!! 🙂 Now you have the beginning of another project for the next day! 🙂 We like to cut out black silhouettes of our favorite things…like a car, animal, or cross and glue it to the middle. 🙂 Now hang up in a window to catch some light, and you have a beautiful stained glass window. 🙂

  20. Jacquie

    We love dot markers – so much fun! Great math activity – we’re featuring you this week 🙂 Thanks for linking up at Discover & Explore!
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  21. Kelly

    Oooh, I LOVE this idea! We just bought a whole bunch of weird dice (shapes, numerals, dots, etc.) and we’ve been looking for things to do with them! I bet the coffee filters would make great light filters if you hung them up in the window!
    Kelly recently posted…My new mantra turned into artMy Profile

  22. Emily

    I love this idea! I can’t wait to try it this week with my crew. Hopefully it gets my son more interested in math. Thanks!
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