Dice and Dabbers in the Classroom: Cheap & Engaging Tools

Dice and Dabbers in the Classroom: Cheap & Engaging Tools

Dice and bingo dabbers are two of my favorite cheap, engaging, and versatile classroom tools. Today I’m going to share ways you can use them for math and reading activities in your classroom as part of my September series. This month I will share how you can use items you already have in your classroom to engaging students and enhance learning!

This post contains affiliate links.

Dab, Dab, Dab

Dice and dabbers in your classroom are a great way to engage students and enhance learning in math, reading, words and more!

Bingo dabbers, daubers, markers- whatever you want to call them, they instantly add a level of fun to every activity. They’re also available for $1 at Dollar Tree which makes them an inexpensive option. My favorite dabbers are from Fiddle & Doodle, and, although they’re pricier, they work very well and are perfect for little hands. I also really like these mini dabber markers.

There are TONS of ideas on Pinterest, and I have a bunch of activities specifically for use with dabbers. Here are a few of my favorite ways to use them in my classroom.

Math Dabber Ideas

Patterns

Dice and dabbers in your classroom are a great way to engage students and enhance learning in math, reading, words and more!

Dabbers lend themselves perfectly for making patterns. Give students 2-4 colors and let them create different patterns using the colors. Join my K-2 Facebook group to download these pattern strips for free!

Word Problems

Dice and dabbers in your classroom are a great way to engage students and enhance learning in math, reading, words and more!

I don’t know about you, but often my students will get stuck on their drawings when they’re solving word problems. I tell them to draw a circle to represent the items, but drawing 10 cats with tiny hats is sometimes just too tempting. Instead, you can have students use dabbers as they’re solving word problems. It’s a quick way for them to “draw” the problem, and it add a little color and fun to their work.

Graphing

Dice and dabbers in your classroom are a great way to engage students and enhance learning in math, reading, words and more!

Dabbers work really well for graphing practice as well! I would recommend having a few students share the markers so you’re not providing 20 kids with 3-4 dabbers each.

Arrays

Dice and dabbers in your classroom are a great way to engage students and enhance learning in math, reading, words and more!

Dabbers are the perfect tool for making arrays. It’s much easier for students to dab a dot than draw a circle, and, again, it just makes it more fun!

 ELA Dabber Ideas

Word Practice

Dice and dabbers in your classroom are a great way to engage students and enhance learning in math, reading, words and more!

When students are given the chance to practice words over different mediums, everyone wins! Students love to use dabbers to practice making letters, names, sight words, and more.

Dice and dabbers in your classroom are a great way to engage students and enhance learning in math, reading, words and more!

Reading Comprehension/Text Skills

Dice and dabbers in your classroom are a great way to engage students and enhance learning in math, reading, words and more!

When your students are working on finding things in the text, using dabbers for comprehension and word identification practice will add some extra fun. You can have students identify different things in different colors.

Dabber Drawing & Stories

Dice and dabbers in your classroom are a great way to engage students and enhance learning in math, reading, words and more!

I’m always looking for ways to engage reluctant writers, so this is a personal favorite. (You can read more about how to engaging your writers and simplify your writing instruction here.) Similar to squiggle stories, you can have your students create dabber drawings and then write stories about their drawing! Instruct students to add a certain numbers of dots to their picture space. Then, they can add details to create drawings. Last, they write about their pictures. (Grab the writing paper in my free resource library for newsletter subscribers.)

They See Me Rolling…

If you’ve been following me for any amount of time, you probably know that I love dice. I’ve written about them herehere, and here. Dice, like dabbers, are such a cheap, engaging, versatile classroom tool, which is why I’ve created multiple resources using these magic little cubes. If I could only pick one such tool in my classroom, I would pick dice.

Math Dice Activities

Add, Make Ten, Count On

Dice and dabbers in your classroom are a great way to engage students and enhance learning in math, reading, words and more!

Three of my favorite dice activities are incredibly simple. I often have students complete these activities right on white boards with dry erase markers. These are also great “I under planned and have 10 minutes to use” activities. The wonderful thing about dice is that you can easily differentiate by providing a variety of choices for your students, or make your own using sharpies!

Graphing

Dice and dabbers in your classroom are a great way to engage students and enhance learning in math, reading, words and more!

Dice are also a great tool for graphing. And, you can combine dabbers and dice for graphing as well.

Dice Top It

Dice and dabbers in your classroom are a great way to engage students and enhance learning in math, reading, words and more!

Top It, or War, is typically played with playing cards, but you can also play with dice! Each student rolls, counts their die, and then whoever has the higher number wins that round. As students become more skill,s each student could have 2 dice and add their totals, or you could have dice with numerals on them.

ELA Dice Activities

Making Words

Dice and dabbers in your classroom are a great way to engage students and enhance learning in math, reading, words and more!

Dice are a great way to practice making words. You can use dry erase dice (often available at Dollar Tree) to write your own word families, or purchase premade dice like these or these. Students roll and then write as many words in that word family. This is a great small group activity.

An alternative option, if you only have regular dot dice, is to write what word family each number stands for as pictured below.

Writing Prompts

Dice and dabbers in your classroom are a great way to engage students and enhance learning in math, reading, words and more!

My Roll a Story Center is a super fun option to allow your students to write in a fun way.

Dice and dabbers in your classroom are a great way to engage students and enhance learning in math, reading, words and more!

Additionally, you can use dry erase dice to create your own options, or assign different topics to each number.

Brain Breaks

Dice and dabbers in your classroom are a great way to engage students and enhance learning in math, reading, words and more!

Although this isn’t ELA, I thought it was super important to share how you can use a die for brain breaks. Bonus points if you have an oversized die! Have one student pick an activity (jumping jacks, touching toes, etc) and then another student roll the die. That is how many times students complete the action! You could also pair this with my play and prep freebie cards.

Let me know how you use dabbers and dice in your classroom!

If you enjoyed this post, make sure to like, comment, and share!

You can join my FREE Facebook Club for k-2 teachers here!

AND BE SURE TO SIGN UP FOR MY NEWSLETTER FOR MORE TIPS, TRICKS, IDEAS AND FREEBIES!

Find me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

Dice and dabbers in your classroom are a great way to engage students and enhance learning in math, reading, words and more!


Primary Paradise

Primary Paradise

I have always had a passion for teaching and sharing with others and look forward to sharing my ideas with you!

Leave a Reply

Add your thoughts!