Now that we're into the dog days of summer, everybody's starting to get restless... so it's time to come up with some creative activities to keep everyone occupied. These giant word dice are a great way to get people laughing... and they're easy to make too! Click through to check out the full tutorial.
- 6x6x6 inch styrofoam cubes
- Adhesive letter stickers
- Spray paint in multiple colors
- Paperclip (not pictured)
Begin by spray painting your styrofoam cubes a light color. Concentrate the paint on the center of each side of cubes, as this is where the words will be... the edges aren't as important for this step. Let them dry and add another coat if necessary.
Once the paint is completely dry, begin adding words to each side of the cubes. The first cube should have all pronouns, the second one should have all nouns, the third one should have all verbs, and the last one should be adjectives. Lay the letters gently on the styrofoam and then press them down firmly once they're laid out perfectly. If you have trouble centering them, start with the middle letters and work outwards.
Here are the words I used:
Die #1 (pronouns):
Die #2 (nouns):
Die #3 (verbs):
Die #4 (adjectives):
Next, spray paint each die a different color. Be sure to use darker colors that contrast well with the lighter shade underneath. Do multiple light coats of paint, letting them dry in between.
Let them dry thoroughly before you complete this last step. Remove the letters carefully, making sure not to pull up any styrofoam. Use a paperclip or a pin to lift the edges.
And that's all! Your friends and family will love arranging them into fun sentences. You can also make a game out of it by rolling the dice and trying to form funny sentences with the words that come up. Bonus points for sentences that make everyone at the table laugh!
These can be used indoors or out (don't leave them outside in the rain though), and they make a great conversation piece... put them in the backyard for your next barbecue and your guests will get a kick out of them!
They can also be customized with family members' names, other colors, etc. Have fun with it!