Sanibel Dice

We have recently returned from a visit to Grandparents in Florida. It was a so hot--especially for us Vermonters who have barely seen a day above 80 degrees this summer.

Sanibel Island is well-known for its amazing shells and we managed to brave the heat at the beach to collect some. What to do with lots of shells? We are planning a couple of needle felting projects, but, in the meantime, we invented a dice game called Sanibel Dice.

I adopted this from a dice game I found online that involves counters. In this case, our counters are shells.

The aim of the game is to be the last person to hold a counter. Each player can throw a single die to see who goes first. Upon starting each player throws both dice- trying to avoid throwing aces or 6's. If an ace is thrown, one counter is put into the kitty in the middle of the table. For two aces (snake eyes) both counters go to the kitty. For each 6 that is thrown a counter is passed to player on the left. As each player runs out of counters he/she is temporarily out of the game. 
The last person left holding a counter must make three throws of the dice without rolling a 6. If a 6 is thrown then the counter is passed to the left and that person now attempts to do the same. Play continues until someone is able to roll three times without a 6.

The idea is similar to last year's Thunder Hole Dice. Hels and Lou are growing out of many nature crafts. No more fairy houses for us. My answer has been to start creating games using things we find in nature. It has been quite successful!

Now we're off to Acadia for a week of camping. Who knows what we'll find!

sarah haliwell  – (August 8, 2009 at 1:34 AM)  

how clever!!

have fun camping :-)

Jane  – (August 8, 2009 at 8:32 AM)  

Sanibel island is very beautiful. I'm back in VT after a week away and am really enjoying this cool, sunny weather we're having!

gardenmama  – (August 10, 2009 at 4:00 PM)  

I love this so much Sarah!!
We are enjoying home made nature games this summer too, thank you for adding some new ones to our list! Enjoy your time away : )

Quiltin' Mama  – (August 10, 2009 at 10:24 PM)  

Acadia- a most favorite place of ours- be sure to have a popover with jam at Jordan Pond house after you hike around the Pond! they are the best!! Enjoy!!

Lisa Anne  – (August 11, 2009 at 4:08 PM)  

ahh, the beach and then the woods, sounds great! Was just thinking about you all, I dropped Amelia off at Kroka and I will be driving back up to Vermont on Saturday to pick her won't be around will you? Shucks! I was hoping to stop by. Enjoy your time in the woods.

Angela  – (August 27, 2009 at 1:27 PM)  

We go to Ft. Myers for a month in the winter to stay with my parents, and we make frequent trips to Sanibel and Captiva (the girls LOVE the Bubble Room)

I've bookmarked this post so we can collect shells and play this game when we go at Christmas time. Thanks!

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