Make: DIY Scribble Dice for a Quick Art Invitation

For adults, hearing a proclamation of, “I’m bored!” means we’re expected to answer with the perfect, mind-bendingly fun suggestion. There are so many moments when a good answer, or the “right” answer….or….any answer just doesn’t come to mind. The dreaded brain freeze (shiver!). Because of this scary phenomenon, I’ve started keeping a list of kid-approved “I’m bored” projects, and one of my very favorite, top-of-the-list, go-to activities is making scribble dice. These DIY scribble dice are sure-winners for bored kids of all ages for a few reasons:

  1. They’re easy to make (10 minutes tops).
  2. They lend themselves to lots of games – you don’t even have to come up with them…trust me, kids will figure out their own.
  3. You can make them into anything – I use them here as an art tool, but I’ve also made them for different kinds of movements (hop/wiggle/twirl), story-telling prompts, and words for spelling practice.

So grab some dice, and let’s roll into this tutorial (see what I did there…wink!)

For another invitation to enjoy a simple creative process, watch and join along as we make scribble art collages – a lovely process and a great stress reliever! Or grab a handful of paper scraps to make a series of quick collages for composition and design exploration.

To make your own scribble dice kids art invitation you’ll need:

  • A white mailing label or corner of a sticker sheet
  • 2 Dice
  • Pens, markers, colored pencils, or crayons

DIY Scribble Dice Kids Art Invitation Instructions

  1. Cut 12 small stick-on squares to cover the sides of your dice

    Using an adhesive mailing label or piece of a sticker sheet, cut small squares the same size as the sides of your dice.
    Make your own scribble dice in minutes! A fun way for kids to explore mark-making, pattern and color

  2. Scribble different patterns and colors on to your squares

    Scribble some patterns for one die and colors for another. Trying to learn movements, shapes, or letters? Use those instead of scribbling! It’s a great way for kids to get practice, that feels much more like a game than busywork.
    Make your own scribble dice in minutes! A fun way for kids to explore mark-making, pattern and color

  3. Stick your squares on your die and start rolling!

    Affix the squares to all die sides and let the games begin!
    Make your own scribble dice in minutes! A fun way for kids to explore mark-making, pattern and color

Have you dabbled in your own activity dice? When it comes to creative kid-entertaining uses for dice, scribbling is just the tip of the iceberg it seems! Check out some of the unique DIY dice activity ideas friends around the interwebs have come up with…

More Roll-The-Dice DIY Activities and Games for Kids

  • I love the encouragement to MOVE these free printable action dice from Playdough to Plato provide! And here’s another set of free printable movement and balance dice from Active for Life that’s perfect for kids who prefer motion to quiet scribble time. For an instant print-and-play alternative, download this free printable exercise game sheet from Hey, Let’s Make Stuff that matches the numbers of the dice to movement exercises.
  • Searching for a super quick game night idea? Try one of these 9 simple and classic dice games from Icebreaker Ideas.
  • Make math more fun with one of these math dice game suggestions from The Average Teacher. Kids working on more advanced math concepts can use dice too with these ideas from Scholastic.
  • Use dice for spelling practice with this entertaining learning activity from Easy Peasy and Fun
  • I absolutely love this Roll-A-Story kids creative writing prompt idea from The Craft Train (they also have a fun DIY for GIANT cardboard dice!)

If you have a great idea that will save us ALL from the “I’m bored” brain freezes, puh-lease be sure to share it in the comments below!

Amanda Eldridge
Amanda Eldridge

With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help kids and families discover their creative potential through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community. Amanda has a background in graphic design, environmental design, and art curation. When not playing with ideas and designs for barley & birch, she enjoys working in freelance design, art, and illustration.

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