We played a lot of games over the holiday and many of them we made up. I have to say, between me and my nephews, we are actually pretty good at the made up games. I’m going to share them here. I know that any of you readers that are with Parker Brothers or Toll House or whoever makes games, you’ll send us our check so we can move it on up to a deluxe apartment in the sky.
Pick a Number (this one was invented by my 5-year-old nephew)
Each player has 10 dice. Each player picks a number between 1 and 6. You both start rolling. Any dice rolled in one of the selected numbers is given to the player who selected it. For example, If I chose 1 and you choose 6, any dice I roll that come up 6, I’ll give to you. Any dice I roll that come up 1, I’ll put off to the side. Any 1s you roll, you’ll give to me and I’ll put it aside with my other 1s. We both keep rolling until all of the dice have either come up a 6 or a 1 (or whatever two numbers you choose). At the end of the game, whoever has the most dice wins.
The Secret Math Game (I made this one up for my 8-year-old nephew to trick him into practicing math)
Each player has 10 dice and picks a number between 2 and 10. You both start rolling the dice at the same time and pick out any dice that add up to the number you have selected. For example, if I select 7, and I roll a 1, 5, 2, 3, 4, 1, 4, 3, 3, 6. I can put aside the 6 and 1, the 3 and 4, the 5 and 2, and the 3, 3, and 1. You can combine any number of dice as long as it adds up to your number. The first player to use up all their dice wins.
Craps-ish (This is not the actual game of Craps. I made this game up to occupy my four-year-old nephew last Christmas to distract him from the endless games of War he wanted to play. I figured it was a bonus if he told his Dad that his Auntie taught him how to play Craps. You are never too old to embarrass a sibling people.)
The player has six dice. The first “round” the player rolls all the dice trying to get 1s. Each 1 gets set aside and the rest of the dice are rolled and 1s set aside until everything has come up a 1. Round two is the same thing but going for 2s and so on until the last round where the player is rolling for 6s. The bonus round is when the player rolls the dice until they get 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.
Bonus Game: Hockey Golf
Needed: two plastic golf clubs, a plastic golf ball and a hallway. Players hit the ball back and forth trying to hit the door or the wall at the opposite end of the hallway. Which ever end you are at, is your goal and you defend it.
Hockey Golf Baseball is more complicated and requires stairs. Maybe I’ll cover it another time.
I’ve picked up sets of dice before at the .99 cent store but if you can’t wait and must start playing these games soon, looks like you can pick some up on Amazon.