# Two dice target

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Learners use dice to practice their multiplication bonds.

INSTRUCTIONS

**Purpose**

- Learner to practice their multiplication bonds

**Materials**

- dice
- scrap paper

**How to play**

- Learners in pairs. Roll two dice and use these to make the smallest 2-digit number (e.g. if you roll 3 and 4 the 2-digit number will be 34). This is the target.
- Then each learner must roll the two dice and find the product of those two numbers.
- The learner who is closest to the target gets a point.

Extensions

- In groups. One learner rolls two dice and makes a 2-digit number from them (here it does not have to be the smallest e.g. if you roll 4 and 6 you can make 46 or 64). This is the target.
- All the learners are now given a limited time to try and come up with as many times table facts (i.e. calculations of the form A × B where A and B are whole numbers between 1 and 12) that get them as close to (or equal to) the target as possible. Points are awarded for closest answers.

e.g. if the target is 46 one player may have 9 × 5 = 45 and another may have 7 × 6 = 42 and another 8 × 6 = 48. All are close to 46, but as 45 is the closest the player with 9 × 5 wins. (Note you can’t say 2 × 23 because 23 is bigger than 12)