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‘Hood-tzee Giant Yard Dice Game

Aug 24, 2014 ● By Hood Magazine

Photo courtesy of Kara Weber

By Kara Weber, Creative Ideas Director


What you need:

  • 4X4 lumber (long enough to cut into five giant dice)
  • Saw (or have the store cut it for you)
  • Paint (or you could use markers or crayons)
  • Free printable score sheets (see pdf above)
  • Storage bucket (we got ours at the dollar store)


How to:

Step 1: Measure your 4X4. 4X4s are not truly 4 inches by 4 inches. They actually shrink a bit as the wood dries out. You will need to know the actual measurement in order to make it an accurate cube. Once you measure your 4X4, mark it out from the end.

Step 2: Grown-up part: Cut with a saw (or you can nicely ask the place you buy it from if they can do it for you).

Step 3: Kids’ Part: Sand down the cut sides and all the corners and edges with sand paper.

Step: 4 Paint your wooden cubes to look like dice. You can paint the dots on the plain wood cubes, or you can paint your dice one color, let them dry and then paint on the dots in a different color. It’s up to you! This is where you make the game your own.

Step 5: Once your dice are dry you can print off the free printable score sheet from our website and start playing!


‘Hood Should: This game not only gets you up and moving, but it can be used to practice skip counting by ones, twos, threes, etc. Have your kids keep score for everyone’s rolls to buff up on those math curriculum skills while you play.