The set I received came in a long tube with four different colored dice in sets of 10. As stated on the tube it is a easy fast paced game in which everyone rolls until someone gets all their dice on the same number. One of my students told me this was the “funnest day” ever in speech!
This is how I introduced it to my students with a speech therapy twist.
Vocabulary: die, dice, dots, square, cube, roll, shake, high/low, count, match, same, different, matches, rules, more, most, less, least, slow, fast paced, demo/practice, set aside, strategy, eyeballing, invent, create (inventor/creator), original
Logical thinking: I showed the dice and then removed them from their vision. I asked them how many dice they thought the game had. I gave them the clue that the game was called “TENzi.” It was interesting to see how the different brains processed this information.
Team players/Social skills: They each chose a set of dice. If they wanted the same color then they had to come up with a plan on how to decide who got that color. Some chose rock, paper, scissors; some asked me to put one die behind my back and they picked a hand; some willingly let the other player have that color, etc.
Playing the game: My rule for any dice game is when rolling it has to remain on the table or you lose your turn. With this many dice I gave each player a plastic container or the cover of the container to use for rolling their dice (worked great).
- We played a demo or practice game first which helped everyone become familiar with the rules. We talked about if this was a slow game or fast paced game.
- We talked about strategies: setting aside the dice (outside of the container) we were matching, picking, eyeballing the dice quickly when first choosing what number had the most showing; should you hold the dice high or low when rolling/shaking.
- I told them that the game inventors/creators encouraged us to invent new ways to play. So we did. Disclaimer: The game comes with other ideas on how to play but I never looked at them so we may have created similar “new” ways to play.
Our inventions for new ways to play Tenzi (the groups also had to come up with a name that fit the game)
1. Castle: Each player uses 10 dice- the object is to build a castle (pyramid) with 4 dice on the bottom, then 3, then 2 and then 1 on top. Each player rolls and tries to get 4 fours on the bottom then moves on to 3 threes, 2 twos and 1 on the top. The first one to finish their castle is the queen or king. You could make a smaller castle by using only 6 dice (threes on the bottom, then twos and one on top)
2. Silent Tenzi: Play in pairs and each player has 3 dice. The object is to get numbers 1-6. One team member rolls their dice and tries to get 1-2-3 (in order) when they have that the partner rolls their dice and tries to get 4-5-6 (in order). This is all done without talking. You could also play this as a single player against others.
3. Tower: Each player has 6 dice- the object is to stack each die on top of each other. The bottom die would be 6 and then 5 etc. until the top reaches 1. Or play it with 1 at the bottom and stack up to 6. You can add a challenge by stating if the tower falls before it is finished those dice must be rolled over.
4. Dice-O: Play in partners- each person has equal number of dice (you could play this with 2-10 dice)- Each team member rolls one die at a time and when they both have rolled the same number they set them aside and continue until all their dice match.
5. Pig: Each player has 6 dice- you are trying to create a pig face. You need to roll ones for eyes, 4 for the nose, 6 for the mouth and threes for the ears. The first person who finishes their pig face makes a pig noise. You could call this another animal but pig is what my students wanted.
6. I Got It: Each person has one die- One player calls out a number. Everyone rolls at the same time and the first person to roll the called out number yells “I got it!”
7. School: Each person has 6 dice. Each number represents a grade- 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th. Everyone rolls at the same time. You need to roll a 1 before you can move on to the next “grade.” Once a player rolls a 6 (for 6th grade) they yell “I graduated.”
8. Match Dash or Double Trouble: Each player has all 10 dice. Everyone rolls once and whoever has two matching dice is the winner OR you could play until all a player gets 5 matches.
9. It’s Not Adding Up: Each person needs 1 die. All players roll at the same time in the same location or container. Whoever adds up the total shown on the dice is the winner. You can also play this for subtraction but we only used two dice.
10. Make a Tail: Each player uses all 10 dice. The object is to create a snake-like creature. Roll a six for the head, eight ones for the body and a 3 for the tail. You cannot make a tail (3) until you have finished the rest of the snake. The first one who puts a tail on their snake hisses.
So now it’s you turn to add your own twist!
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MN as many other states has been in a deep freeze. We even had two days of school cancelled due to the negative temperatures. But now we are back and it is a balmy 10 today and heading for the 30’s later in the week. And yes our students do go out for recess even when it is -10. So I plan to continue embracing this cold by doing snow activities with my students. Here is one idea that we have used.
The print outs for this activity can be found at this site: http://spoonful.com/printables/build-your-own-snowman-snowman-scene
Be sure to check out the other fun things there too.
Here are some ways to use these cute snowmen.
1. Following directions
2. Describe how they are the same or different
3. I have a window full of these and the students give clues for us to guess which one they are thinking about.
4. Add talking or thinking bubbles – and see what the snowmen are talking about
5. There are lots of different faces to make so maybe create different emotions on each one. This could lead to a good discussion about what they are feeling and why.
6. Work on concepts: on, under, top, bottom, over, next to, right, left, around etc.
7. Give the snowman a name and write a story about him. My students used letter stickers to add the name.
8. Read one of the many snow or snowman books- check your school library.
9. Embellish your snowman with glitter, a pet, an animal friend etc.
10. Write articulation words on the page
11. Write words about winter on the page
12. Ask the kids what else they could do- they always have fun ideas!
As always add your own twist!