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Senior Activities — Two Dice Games

So many activities for the elderly, and especially craft, are generally enjoyed more by women than by men. So because our menfolk are usually more competitive and love to play games, here are two games of dice that they will enjoy.

The following games are simple to play and need no more equipment than a pair of dice and a pack of cards. In fact the first game, needs only the dice...

A Version of PIG

Players…

  • Best with two, but can be played with up to four players.

You Will Need…

  • Two dice, paper and pen for scoring.

Goal…

  • Be the first player to reach 100 points.

How to Play…

  • Each player in turn throws the two dice together. He has three throws. He adds his points together as he goes.
  • If a 1 is rolled, that player’s turn ends and no points are earned. If after one or two throws he decides to “hold” (rather than risk a 1 on his next throw and losing all his points) he keeps his score and passes the dice onto the next player.

Scoring Examples…

  • Example 1: Peter rolls a 3 and a 4 and decides to continue. He then rolls a 6 and a 1. Because he rolled a 1, Peter’s turn ends and he earns 0 points.
  • Example 2: Jack rolls a 6 and a 2 and decides to continue. He then rolls a 6 and a 5 and decides to “hold”. Jack scores 19 points.
  • Example 3: Mike rolls a 2 and a 3 and decides to continue. He then rolls a 4 and a 2 and carries on to his third throw of a 4 and a 3. He scores 18 points.
  • NOTE: If a double is thrown then the player doubles that amount. E.g. a double 4 will be 8 x 2 = 16 points, a double 6 will be 12 x 2 = 24 points. If a double 1 is thrown then the player gets 25 points for that throw. Only a single 1 will end the players turn.

Black or Red

This game is a big family favorite, played with zest by all ages from 5 year olds upwards.

Players…

  • For 2 Players.

You Will Need…

  • One dice, one pack of playing cards, 20 counters — or matchsticks or some kind of “money,” paper and pen for scoring

Goal…

  • Be the first player to to gain all 20 counters or to win 10 games — or less if you want.

How to Play…

  • Each player gets 10 counters. Place the well-shuffled pack of cards between the players. First player throws the dice. He then picks up a card.
  • If the card is RED (hearts or diamonds) he pays the other player the number of counters as per his dice throw.
  • If the card is BLACK (clubs or spades) the other player must pay him the number of counters as per his dice throw.
  • It is then, the other players turn, to throw the dice and the game continues as above.

Tags: Indoor, At Home, Games and Puzzles | Age Groups: Seniors

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Nancy Lavender

Nancy Lavender is a contributing writer to Craft and Other Activities for the Elderly a blog where you can find activities relating to seniors, including crafts, games and so much more.


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