Get Ready to Roll, Angry Birds Yahtzee!!
Well, it’s summer break again, and I am home with my three kiddos. I don’t know about you, but I can remember spending many summers playing board games with my family. Those days are some of my fondest memories. One of my favorites was playing Yahtzee and Backgammon. Since I have already introduced Backgammon to my kids, now it is time to introduce Yahtzee. Yahtzee is a terrific game to play in the summer as it keeps their math skills honed with addition practice. Can they count by twos, 3’s or fives yet?
According to wikipedia “The object of the game is to score points by rolling five dice to make certain combinations. The dice can be rolled up to three times in a turn to try to make various scoring combinations. A game consists of thirteen rounds. After each round the player chooses which scoring category is to be used for that round. Once a category has been used in the game, it cannot be used again. The scoring categories have varying point values, some of which are fixed values and others where the score depends on the value of the dice. A Yahtzee is five-of-a-kind and scores 50 points; the highest of any category. The winner is the player who scores most points.”
I decided to take the love of a wonderful past time, learning math concepts for my 6 year old and my kids love of a new game “Angry Birds” to make a Yahtzee game more relevant and maybe more interesting to them. Here is how I made our own math game for kids Angry Bird Yahtzee!
Walking through the Dollar Tree, I noticed some alphabet blocks for young children. I decided I would use those to create my new Angry Birds set. You can also find blank ones at the craft stores but they are surprisingly more, don’t forget to take a coupon!
Supplies for Angry Birds Yahtzee, Math Games for Kids
- Any type of small wooden blocks (5, 1″ blocks)
- Decoupage glue (matte or glossy)
- Paint brushes
- Red Paint (or whatever your color choice)
- Angry Birds Free Printables
- Scissors or 1″ square punch
Directions for Angry Birds Yahtzee, Math Games for Kids
- Print out 6 copies of this free Angry Birds AngryBirdYahtzeeMathGamesforKidsImages
- Cut each image out in squares (I used a 1″ punch, but scissors would work just fine)
- Take blocks, paint, paint brushes, and old newspaper and paint blocks your preferred color.
- Since I used alphabet blocks, I had to paint over about three times.
Note: Ensure that images are put on blocks on the same places for every block. If Angry bird pig is on the left of the Red Bird, than make it the same on every block.
- Allow paint to dry overnight.
- Get glue and new paint brush and brush on decoupage on one side of block. Not too thin and not too thick
- Center image on wet glued side, press down flat and then paint over image with another coat of glue, until just covered.
- Do this on 5 sides at each interval, and let dry at least 15 minutes before going to next side. You will do this 6 times.
- I have included my own Angry Birds Yahtzee game score sheet. Print AngryBird YahtzeeMathGamesforKidsDirections
Check out Lola playing her turn here (as soon as I can find it)
Well, we had a great time trying out our new game. It was a fun twist on an old game. My daughter Lola (6) did quite well adding her points up. This is a good thing, disguise learning with fun, it gets them every time. All in all a good time (most of the time). I hope you enjoyed our Angry Birds Yahtzee, Math Games for Kids Post. If you decide to do another theme rather than Angry Birds, let me know how it turns out!