I was in 5 Below and happened upon a jar that looked like this:
And in looking further I spotted a few that had said "2x" "3x" and "x" on them. Yeah I needed them. Oh and they were 25 cents each. I proceded to stand at an empty register and empty the entire container to make sure I got all the ones I wanted.
I ended up with these guys:
The first thing that comes to mind is just roll out an equation/inequality activity. Roll the dice, end up with something like the picture below and solve. Awesome.
Or a similar type activity but differentiated using the number dice. Lowest group gets 1-6 dice, middle group gets 1-12 dice (top right in the picture) and high group gets the bigger numbers. And those ideas are just off the top of my head.
[Update]: If you don't get as lucky as I did at 5 Below or if you don't have one close I found a couple similar options available online:
- Lakeshore Math Dice Tub a little more expensive- $30 but you get 90 dice. They don't have the ones with variables but they have some other cool ones. Maybe a good purchace for an entire department to share
- Xtreme Math Games These are what I have plus exponents and integers. They also have some really interesting dice inside of dice ones that could definately be fun for tons of stuff. $8 for a set of 12 dice.
- Spectrum This one looks like a perfect mix, but is more expensive than the others- $80.50 (!) for 100 dice. Another good option to maybe see if school could buy for the entire department.
- Amazon has a cheaper option. You can pick up individual dice for $0.85 each and get exactly what you want. Certainly not as cheap as $0.25, but not bad if you're only going to get a few. (the link is to the exponent dice, scroll down to "customers also bought" and you can see other options.
- Amazon You could also just pick up some blank dice and DIY these..these on Amazon are $8.84 for 36 red, white and green dice.