Art dice are a fun tool for your child to develop their pre-writing skills while creating some fun art at the same time! Try this fun activity from Lisa to work on these early learning skills.
My boys love rolling dice in board games and learning activities. The natural anticipation of what they will land on makes learning fun!
This open-ended activity with many different possibilities will have your child wanting to create for hours!
Boost Pre-Writing Skills with an Art Dice Creative Activity
I am always looking for opportunities for my kindergartner to develop his writing skills. So his activity was perfect for him!
My eight-year-old also jumped in on it, too!
Our Art Dice Creative Activity needed:
- Wooden blocks OR regular dice OR jumbo dice
- Paper (plus extra if you’re covering up traditional or numbered dice)
- Tape (only if you’re covering dice with paper)
- Paint (if you’re re-painting a jumbo dice)
- Kid’s art supplies
I converted two plain wooden blocks into dice because that is what I had on hand to use. If you have regular dice, use tape and paper overlay to cover up the sides.
If you would like to plan ahead, most dollar stores carry jumbo sized dice which are so fun for children. You can paint the dice one single color before you add the “art.”
DIY Art Dice
On whatever dice you’re using, you’ll be adding different types of art elements.
On my first dice, I covered each side with different lines: vertical, horizontal, diagonal.
I also made sure there were different patterns and lengths: straight, squiggly, round, short, long.
Drawing lines of all shapes and sizes is a great pre-writing activity for your preschoolers and kindergartners. It is also great practice for children to develop their pencil grasp.
On my second dice, I colored dots on each side with a different color using markers. The goal of this dice is to add color to the art.
How to Play Your Art Dice Creative Activity
I set up a long sheet of paper on our big dining room table for him to work on.
I like to give my children a large surface to create with when doing any art activity.
Big art allows children more freedom to create!
I instructed my five-year-old to roll both dice at the same time. He just loved shaking them in his hand and the anticipation of what was to come.
On his first roll, I told him that whatever side the dice landed on, he could draw that line in the color that it told him to.
That was it!
He had complete freedom in deciding where and in what orientation he wanted to draw the lines.
As he continued to roll, I observed that he would pass on a certain line and roll the dice again until he landed on the one he wanted to add to his picture.
This told me he was already creating a picture in his mind that he wanted to put to paper!
This was such a great open-ended activity for my children.
It was an activity that was perfect for kids on different developmental levels. They were both able to participate equally and they were both engaged throughout the duration of their creating!
Keep Your Art Dice Rolling
Here are some suggestions to try and extend the activity even more:
- Have your child practice their scissor and gluing skills by cutting up their picture and recreating it through a collage.
- Use the finished picture and have your child create a story about the images they have drawn. Storytelling is such a great activity for your child to develop verbal and expressive communication.
- Turn it into collaborative art! If you have more than two children, have them take turns and share one piece of paper. They will have so much fun creating a picture together!