Here is an easy, fun dice game to play with residents - template provided.
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This is a game I made to play with residents.


The template I made can be printed on either A4 or A3 - depending on eyesight. I laminated my templates.

Chips to cover the numbers (16 per player)

2 dice


Roll two dice, then residents choose what number/s to cover, depending on their roll. eg: roll a 5 & 3 - they can cover the numbers 5 & 3 OR cover number 8.

First to cover all their number wins.

The residents that choose to cover the bigger numbers first, rather than the 2 smaller normally win, as it gets a lot harder to roll the bigger numbers as the game goes on.

When the remaining numbers are below 7, the player may choose to roll only one die. Otherwise, the player must roll both dice.

Note: a second, alternative template for this game has been supplied by David and attached to this game. Try them both and see what works best for you!

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Tina 14th Sep 2021 Sr. Vibrant Life Director
Is the template suppose to be all the same number???
Does each person roll the dice themself ?
Susan 15th Sep 2021 Activity Director
Hi Tina
You can adapt and modify the game anyway you need to depending on the skill of the residents playing
Talita 17th Sep 2021
Hi Tina, yes each resident has their own sheet and rolls their own dice. There are duplicates because they will roll duplicates. Let me know if you have any questions
Ann 19th Mar 2020 Activities Director
What happens if the last number on their card is a 1?
Talita 6th Apr 2020
If the remaining numbers are below 7, the player may roll only one die. Otherwise, the player must roll both dice.
Janelle 7th Mar 2020 Carer/ Theraphy Assistant
I played this with my residents today. They loved it so much they had another game. Will definately play again. Thanks
Talita 9th Mar 2020
Thanks so much for your feedback Janelle!
Kate 16th Aug 2019
Hi there. we played this game today but some of the rules were not clear. If they throw a five and a two (for example) towards the end of the game, can they just cover one of those numbers instead of both or the sum of them? One member had only one number left (a 1) and unless she can cover just one of the two numbers thrown, the game would never end! Can you please clarify. Thanks.
Talita 19th Mar 2020
If the remaining numbers are below 7, the player may roll only one die. Otherwise, the player must roll both dice. I will add this to the instructions!
Susan 27th Jul 2019 Activity Director
Bunco is another fun dice this game is easily adapted to meet the needs of those playing
Marianne Misiak 27th Jul 2019
This sounds like a great idea! I'm going to use it tomorrow. Thank you.
Milene 27th Jul 2019 Therapy Assistant
Thank you so much for this game! I will try it with the residents at my work and will let you know.
Thank you,

simonne 6th May 2019 Support worker
Would you mind explaining what is difference between the two print out pages ?
Talita 6th May 2019
Hi Simonne, if you read through David's comment on this activity, he put together a different version of the template to use depending on what works best for you. His template contains smaller and repeated numbers so that people get to cover more numbers. You can use either template!
David 20th Jan 2019 Activity Assistant
I took the template and added two more 1's , two more 2's, two more 3's, two more 4's, so now they have three 1's, three 2's, three 3's, three 4's, two 5's, two 6's, two 7's, two 8's, and one 9, 10, 11, and 12. Since so many throws of the dice are these smaller numbers, they get to cover some more numbers. It doesn't take any longer, because so often the 11 and 12 are the last numbers anyway, but now and then those numbers are covered early, then they have more numbers to cover. I often hear, "Oh, I do have a 3 and a 5, or Oh, I do have a 1 and a 4"!
They seem to have more fun, and there is room to put all those numbers in the first and fourth column. Sorry, I don't know how to attach the image.
Talita 27th Jan 2019
This sounds great David, I will send you a private message so you can share your template with us if you would like to.
Talita 29th Jul 2019
David's template has been shared!
Debra 27th Dec 2018 Friend To All
Ok I’m a bit confused on how to play this game. I rolled the dice each time and let them choose what numbers to cover, but everyone ended up covering the whole card at the same time, so everyone won
Joanne 27th Dec 2018 Lifestyle Coordinator
Hi Debra, each of the residents have a turn at rolling the two dice. The person who rolled the dice gets to pick what they cover on their own sheet eg: roll a 4 and 6, they can cover those 2 numbers or the number 10. That is the end of their turn and pass the dice to the next player who then rolls and they may roll a 3 and 4, so they can cover those numbers or the number 7 on their sheet. That's the end of their turn and they pass it on, and so it repeats. If they roll numbers that are already covered, then they miss that turn.
I hope this has helped to explain it better.
Jodi 30th Sep 2018 Activity Offocer
This is a fantastic activity my folk especially the men love it, Thanks for sharing.
Isn't Golden Carer's a fantastic site
Talita 8th Oct 2018
Thanks so much for your feedback Jodi! Dice games are great for the men, aren't they!
Carol 19th Aug 2018
I am a new member and see I am not alone in my appreciation for this site. As a volunteer I am pretty much on my own to find new ideas for our friends. I commented earlier on the Cover the Number game and thought I would add another comment in general. Many of the clients I work with have some form of memory loss so it is important they continue to make as many choices for themselves as possible. We needed more dice I went to Amazon and ordered a package of 100 dice in 10 different colors. Now everyone gets to choose the color to use for any dice game they are playing. For those who have a hard time making a choice I give them a choice of two colors. Keep up the great work!
Joanne 23rd Aug 2018 Lifestyle Coordinator
Hi Carol, I'm pleased that your residents like the dice game. I change it sometimes and make different shapes with the numbers.
Carol 15th Aug 2018
I am a volunteer in a day facility and we tried this game out today. We did one person at a time and they were helping each other out and had a great time. We did laminate the sheets and each person had their own dice. Thanks for the game.
Talita 19th Aug 2018
Thanks for your feedback Carol, this is great to hear!
Kerry 11th Apr 2018 Recreational Coordinater
Thanks Joanne, I actually had 23 residents playing this game on Tuesday, I did print out sheets & I taped them to cardboard, did not laminate them as I find markers are more secure on actual sheets.
I also purchased packs 10 dice for $2 & was able to give each resident their own plastic cup with 2 dice per cup & that made them feel as they were in control.
I called "roll" & I would just help them with their choice of number.
They loved the game.
I work in a Retirement Village but in that group that played this game I had cognitive, dementia & sight impaired & all coped well with assistance.
Thank you,
Jean 26th Jul 2019
Awesome love this way
Talita 7th Feb 2018
Thanks Joanne! We're always on the lookout for new dice games.
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