These fun pirate dice activities help kids learn to subitize and do basic addition sums to 12. They are easy to prepare and simple to play.
This pack includes four activities.
Dice games are awesome for helping kids develop the skill of subitizing (being able to know ‘how many’ objects there are at a glance, rather can counting objects one by one to find out).
Activity 1 – Pirate Count and Paste Worksheets
There is a ten frame and a dice worksheet. Kids have to look at the picture and say how many dots there are, then match it to the corresponding number. Subitizing can take a little while for some kids to learn, so if a child gets stuck I encourage them to count the number of dots and assist them with naming the numbers.
Activity 2 – Pirate Roll and Cover
To play this game kids need one game board each, one dice and some counters or pirate coins. At the discount store I found foam dice – which I love because they are quiet! I found pirate coins in the party and toy sections.
To play, kids need to roll the dice and say how many dots there are. Then they have to place a pirate coin or counter over the number. The first player to cover their game board wins! As kids become more familiar with the dot arrangements on the dice, they usually begin to subitize them.
Activity 3 – Pirate Roll and Cover (Addition)
To play this game kids need one game board each, two dice, counters or pirate coins. Players need to take turns rolling the dice. They have to add the dots together and place a counter over the answer. The first player to cover their game board wins! To challenge the kids further, they can record their sums on the recording sheet or a mini whiteboard.
Activity 4 – Pirate Number Line Addition
To play this game kids need one laminated number line, an erasable marker, two dice and a recording worksheet. Players need to roll the dice and use the number line to add the dots together. The first dice is used to mark the starting point on the number line, the second dice is used to indicate the number of jumps. I find children’s washable markers rub off laminated paper easily with a damp cloth. In my experience, whiteboard markers are harder to rub off.
For more great pirate activities check out the links below.
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Treasure Map Upper and Lowercase Matching Activity // I Can Teach My Child
Paper Bowl Pirate Craft // I Heart Crafty Things
Color by Code Addition Sheets // The STEM Laboratory
Pirate Busy Box // Teach Me Mommy
Pirate Treasure Beginning Sounds Activity // Mom Inspired Life
Pirate Maths: Doubling Numbers // Adventures and Play
Treasure Chest Beginning Blends Match // The Letters of Literacy
Digging for Pirate Treasure Numbers // Play and Learn Every Day
Pirate Digraph Spin and Cover // Recipe for Teaching
Pirate Color by Sight Word Activity // A Dab of Glue Will Do
Glittering Pirate Treasure Slime // Schooling a Monkey
Pirate Treasure Chest Alphabet Play Dough Mats // Modern Preschool
I Spy ABC Treasure Map Writing Activity // Powerful Mothering
Pirate Dice Activities // Fairy Poppins
Pirate Sight Word Bingo // Mrs. Jones’ Creation Station
Pirate Treasure Greater Than Less Than Activity // Science Kiddo
Pirate Monkey Beginning Sounds Activity // Pages of Grace
Sink the Sight Word Pirate Ships // Liz’s Early Learning Spot
Pirate Themed Number Puzzles // Sara J Creations
Story Time with Printable Pirate Math Activity // Homebound but Hopeful
Treasure Chest Math Facts Sort // The Kindergarten Connection
Editable Pirate Sight Word Game // Playdough to Plato
If you’re working on subitizing you may be interested in the ladybird subitizing pack which contains more games, worksheets, cute ladybird play dough mats, ten frames and subitizing cards.
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