¡A jugar! Need a versatile addition to a lesson, game, or activity? Want a fun way to run through Spanish numbers? Try these Spanish numbers dice, or dados de números, which can be adapted to nearly any classroom or learning environment. Plus, with bonus numerals dice, the dice can be used in non-language classrooms, too.
- Numerals: 1-30
- Spanish Numbers as Words: uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco, seis, siete, ocho, nueve, diez, once, doce, trece, catorce, quince, dieciséis, diecisiete, dieciocho, diecinueve, veinte, veintiuno, veintidós, veintitrés, veinticuatro, veinticinco, veintiséis, veintisiete, veintiocho, veintinueve, treinta
You’ll find ten black-and-white pages. The first five pages include dados de números as Spanish words (e.g., uno, dos, tres . . . ), and the last five pages are numerals one through thirty (i.e., 1-30). There are no directions, as these dice are designed for maximum adaptability. They can be combined with many other activities, games, and lessons. You’ll find some great ideas below.
Ideas for Use
Your time is precious. One easy way to save some time is to have students help cut and assemble the dice. The tabs on the print-outs are designed to fit most brands of double-sided tape perfectly, but you can also adhere the tabs using glue, regular tape, etc. Once assembled, the dice can be thrown into a bucket or container for use over and over. For extra-long durability, clear packing or moving tape can be gently wrapped around the outside of the constructed dice.
Learn or Review Spanish Numbers
In Spanish, language-learners benefit from learning numbers 1-29, as they are most likely to encounter these numbers in day-to-day life and classes. Numbers 1-29 are unique, while numbers after 30 generally follow a steady pattern. After 30, students need only learn intervals and the appropriate pattern in order to deduce constructions.
The below download of Spanish word dice is designed to emphasize numbers 1-30 so that students can commit them to memory quickly and in a fun way. Students can work alone, in pairs, or even in small groups. Just roll the dice and translate the number correctly, then pass the dice to the next player.
The numerals dice allow students to work through the numbers in reverse, if desired, which aids composition and spelling. For example, as a paired or group activity, a player might roll the numerals dice and then have fifteen seconds to write that number correctly on a board or sheet of paper.
With Game Boards
Nearly every student enjoys a board game (juego de mesa). Download the dice below, then visit this page to download a free set of printable board games. The game boards’ post also includes additional ideas for expanding learning beyond simple numbers.
Create Sentences and Beyond
Combine the numbers dice with either free Spanish verb dice or the free personal pronoun dice on this page, and students can be challenged at nearly any tense or learning level. For example, a student at the Spanish I level might roll the above dice and be asked to write or say, depending upon the instructor’s preferences, a six-word sentence using the verb ser. «Soy un estudiante alto y guapo.» Or, a more advanced student might be asked to speak or write in a different tense or mood. «Cuando sea grande, quiero ser abogada.»
Conversation Questions and More
Use the number dice with any numbered sheet or rubric. Students roll the dice, then they must answer the corresponding question, write something in response to that prompt, etc. For example, paired students might take turns rolling the dice. One student rolls a two, and the student’s partner reads the corresponding “number two” question out loud. (Vary the dice and the numbering if you want students to learn, review, or recall the corresponding numbers.) «¿cuánto centavos tiene un dólar?» The student responds.
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