¡Mi Lápiz! is a review game known by many names. Some people simply call it, “The Dice Game”, others call it “¡Seis!”, or “Surrender in Seis”. I realized that what my students tended to say most when they were playing was something along the lines of, “MY PENCIL”, so I decided to try changing the name to match, and now that’s all you hear! I first learned of this game from a Youtube video someone had posted on one of my social media feeds, and I just had to try it! There’s almost ZERO set-up, but the engagement is huge!
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- Groups of 2-4
- One pencil (per group)
- One die (per group)
- A set of questions or a worksheet for each player
Not a need, but a want..
Not a need, but definitely nice to have are little containers for the dice to go in!
Just portion the dice out into containers like these or this set, and POOF! The dice no longer escape from desktops and roll all over the floors! It’s a life saver! I have a set very similar to this one and while they were pretty cheap ($1/container), they’ve held up well for over five years!
How to play:
- The point of the game is to be the first to complete the sheet/set of questions correctly.
- There is only one pencil, because only one person may write at a time.
- Begin with the pencil in the middle. Take turns rolling the die. The first person to get a six gets to take the pencil and start writing.
- Everyone else continues to roll. AS SOON AS someone else gets a six, they get to take the pencil and start writing.
That’s it! Sometimes I will set this on a timer and only let them play for about 8 minutes, but we have played for 40 before and they were not happy about calling it quits when the bell rang!
If I can tell the game is dragging, or the excitement wavers for a moment, I’ll throw a giant timer up on the board and let everyone work for a minute, then resume the game. Olivia Smith mentioned that she will add another number for more variation – say if they roll a 2 they get the pencil, BUT they have to write with their non-dominant hand!
A few more notes:
- Remember, the first person to complete the sheet CORRECTLY wins – so as they finish, I check their answers and give them some feedback. Sometimes there’s a huge upset because they worked too quickly and made a mistake, sacrificing valuable pencil time to the other player(s)!
- I usually keep the worksheet length short – think around 15-30ish questions that are fill in the blank. Longer sentences are tough, because sometimes the pencil will get snatched out of their hands mid-sentence and they’ll forget what they were doing!