Let’s make recycling more fun with this printable dice game! The object of this game is easy: You want your students to follow the instructions on the dice while also putting cans and bottles into recycling bins. All you need is our free printable dice game to make this come to life in your classroom or school. Here are the PDFs to download the dice game:
Once you have these printed and are ready to go, review the instructions below, and get ready your students to play! You can also watch this video to see the game in action:
Step 1: Make your cardboard dice.
The trick here is to make sure you have boxes that are perfect squares. This will make a big difference in how your dice roll, so you might have to do a little searching to find the perfect size. Once you have them, tape or glue the activities onto the sides of one box. Mark the sides of the other with a number between one and six. We made our own numbers to match the dice game, but you can easily just write the numbers by hand, too.
Step 2: Set up your recycling bins.
Here’s why the numbers matter: You’ll have six different recycling bins, each assigned a number between one and six. We recommend scattering the recycling bins out in a big circle. Or if you want an added challenge for students, spread them out all over the gym, really making students work for each one! In the play area, you’ll also want to have a pile of bottles or cans that need recycling. This is what students will be carrying during the game.
Step 3: Roll the dice and follow the instructions.
First, designate two students as the first two to roll the dice. Have them do this at the same time! Once they roll, the students have their instructions on what bin they need to go to and how they need to get there. They should each grab a bottle or can and race to place it in the designated recycling bin. Remember, though, they have to do the action item on the dice the entire time.
Step 4: Keep the momentum going!
The two students who make it back first get to roll the dice next! Wait until everyone is back and then start racing again!
Try different versions of this game.
There are a dozen different ways you can play this game. You can time students, one or two at a time. You can create teams or an additional set of dice so students are racing against one another. You can also write down random points on the bottles or cans. Then you count the points at the end to declare a winner. We like using this game as a fun way to get students up and moving while also promoting recycling. We tested it out, and students really loved working together as a team while we timed them during every roll. It definitely brought them together and got them giggling!
Make recycling a priority for your students by getting involved in PepsiCo’s Recycle Rally school program. Also, if you’re looking for more ideas on turning recycling into a game, check out our obstacle course.