Dice Games to Play When You Are Bored

I don’t know about you, but when I travel with my kids, it’s easier to bring games. Cards are always fun, but so are dice. They are small, thereby portable, and they don’t melt like crayons.

Here are 2 dice games you can play with a friend, spouse, or children. You need scrap paper, dice, a small capped pen or pencil, and a small plastic bag to put it all in. Shove it in your purse or backpack and go.

For those actually trying to understand the rules below, please let me know if I need to update them with more explanation.  Thanks. Enjoy.

Rules for 5000 (my son’s friend a few years ago taught us this one, thank you Gogolin family)

6 six-sided dice (buy at Walmart for ~$2)

ones = 100 points

fives = 50 points

3 ones = 1000

3 twos = 200

3 threes = 300

3 fours = 400

3 fives = 500

3 sixes = 600

3 doubles (3 sets of 2 dice each which have the same number )= 1500 points

2 triples (2 sets of 3 dice each which have the same number) = 1500 points

if you roll 123456 = 2000 points

all 6 dice with the same number = 5000! You win automatically

if you use all 6 dice within one roll, you must roll them all again

* house rule = if one die rolls off the table, you receive a zero

1st person to reach 5000 points wins; however, all others get to finish the round and see if they can best your score, unless you win by rolling all 6 dice with same number

1) On piece of paper, list each person’s initial or name to set up columns to keep score.

2) Roll all 6 dice at once. If you roll a 1 or a 5, or add up your points. You can roll the other dice, with the understanding that if you have zero points on your next roll, all previously rolled points from this round only become zero.


Quidditch on Dice (even for those who haven’t read Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling)

(my best friend in Texas sent me this one – thanks, Jenn!)

2 six-sided dice

a roll of 7 is a quaffle = 10 points

rolls of 2 or 12 means player catches the snitch and the game ends = 150 points

3, 5, 9, 11 = bludger and you end your turn and lose next turn

4, 6, 8, 10 = dodge a bludger and no points

According to the game of Quidditch created in the Harry Potter series by Rowling, the game is only over when the snitch is caught. Which means that when a 2 or a 12 is rolled, the game is over. Add up your points and see who won. (Usually it’s the person who caught the snitch.)