How to Play Shut the Box Dice Game

By Alan Kirk

The Shut The Box Dice Game is a good educational game for children and parents to play together. It allows children to see how numbers can be used individually and by using addition to remove tiles from the game. The Shut The Box Dice Game also starts to introduce children to the concept of odds and probabilities in a fun and entertaining way. The player with the lowest point total of tiles remaining standing in the Shut The Box Game wins the game.

Find a few friends to play the Shut The Box Dice Game. The minimum number of players for the Shut The Box Dice Game is two and the maximum number of players is only restricted by the amount of time there is to play the game. This makes the Shut The Box Dice Game a great game for teachers in elementary schools.

Remove the Shut The Box Dice Game from its box, and flip all the tiles so they are standing up. There is one tile for each number from 1 to 12.

Give the first player both dice and direct him to roll the dice. The player may now flip tiles down from their vertical position on the game board. The player may flip over the number that is the combined total of the two dice, or he can flip over each of the two single numbers that he rolled on the dice. Players cannot use a number a second time after it has been flipped down after being used once.

Continue rolling the dice for that player's turn until one of two things occur. Either the player cannot flip either the tile for the sum of the two dice, or the tiles for both dice individually because they have already been flipped, or the player has flipped all the tiles down.

Score that player's turn. The player receives a score of zero if he managed to flip all of the tiles down. If he can no longer flip any more tiles down based on the roll of the dice and the remaining tiles that are up, he adds the points on the tiles that remain up. That is that player's score for the round.

Return all the tiles to the vertical position, and pass the dice to the next player. Allow each player to have one turn and then determine the winner. The winner is the player with the lowest score. If multiple players tie with zero, they each win.

About the Author

Alan Kirk has been writing for online publications since 2006. He has more than 15 years' experience in catering, management and government relations. Kirk has a bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Maryland.