Hearts Dice

Hearts Dice is a simple dice game which suits younger children. It can be played with six normal dice although there are special dice with six letters (H, E, A, R, T, S) instead of numbers. An adult or older child may need to explain the rules and oversee the game.

Age: All ages (as soon as a child can recognise numbers and patterns)

No. of players: 2 or more

Equipment: Six standard dice (or a set of six special Hearts dice); Pen and paper for scoring.

Time: 10 minutes+

Aim: To be the first player to reach 100 points.

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1. Each player throws all six dice. The player with the highest overall score goes first.

2. Each player takes it in turn to throw all six dice. They look at the dice and rearrange them to see if any of the following patterns occur, in order to score points.

1, 2 (H, E)5 points
1, 2, 3 (H, E, A)10 points
1, 2, 3, 4 (H, E, A, R)15 points
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (H, E, A, R, T)20 points
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (H, E, A, R, T, S)25 points

Note: Any doubles or triples cancel the rest of the pattern. For example; throwing 1, 2, 3, 3, 4, 6 would only score 10 points for the 1, 2, 3. However, if a player throws a triple '1' (for example; 1, 1, 1, 2, 5), their whole score is wiped out and they have to start again from zero points.

3. Keep a record of the total point score as the game progresses. The first player to reach 100 points wins the game.

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