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What do you need?

You need one player (you!), six different coloured pencils, and three dice.

If you don’t have six different colours then you could use one pencil and draw patterns instead — there are some suggestions further on.

If you don’t have three dice then you could roll dice on your phone. Type ”roll three dice” into your browser and it will probably do it for you.

Before you start

There are two set up stages you need to complete before you play.

  • Number the columns and rows. We suggest that you number the columns 1, 2, 3, left to right, and the rows 4, 5, 6 starting at the top. Really you could number them however you like, provided that the numbers 1-6 each appear once.
  • Allocate a different colour (or pattern) to each number of the dice. There are six dice on the back on the card, so the easiest thing to do is to colour these. That colour then represents that number — so for example if you roll a 6 then you use the colour you allocated to 6.

You can do the colours in any order you wish, but here’s a rainbow suggestion. If you’re using patterns instead of colours then Bez (of Stuff by Bez) suggests using stripes one way, stripes the other way, hatching, swirly lines, zigzags, and dots.

How to play

The aim of the game is to colour the stars in different colours. (You’ll score points at the end for stars which are not next to a star of the of the same colour.) The way you colour the stars in is:

  • Roll three dice.
  • Allocate one die to a column, one die to a row, and one die to a colour.
  • Choose one blank star in that column and row, and fill it with that colour. (Or pattern, if you’re doing patterns.)

Repeat these steps until all the stars are filled in.

Let’s take an example. Imagine you roll 3, 4, and 6. You’ll need to use 3 for the column, as its the only number which matches your columns. You could decide to use 4 as the row, in which case you would use 6 as the colour. Or you could use 6 as the row and use 4 as the colour. In either case, you fill in one star.

But what if…

You’ll have realised that if the columns are numbered 1-3 and the rows are numbered 4-6, then if you roll all 4s and 5s (for example) then you won’t be able to allocate any of the dice to a column. If that happens, you can either flip one of your dice over, or you can reroll all of your dice.

As you fill in more stars then you may run out of blank stars. You may find that you cannot fill in a star. If that is the case, then flip over one of the dice or reroll all of your dice.

How to score

The game ends when all stars are filled in. Score one point for each star which is not in a square with a star of the same colour.

Up to 13 points: good!

14-16 points: great!

17 points: perfect score!

About these cards

The Roll & Colour patterns on these cards were originally developed as worksheets for children. However, adults seemed to have so much fun colouring in that we thought it wasn’t fair to leave them out!

They are printed as A5 cards — which is quite large, but not ridiculously so. The sections of the card needing to be coloured are blank, so that you can easily colour. The stars are big enough for you to use patterns, or even just write the number in the middle of the star.