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Why consider different dice for tabletop games?
There’s lots of reasons to consider swapping your regular game dice for something else, including:
- Worried about child choking hazard
- Small numbers difficult to read due to eyesight
- Dice difficult to pick up due to arthritis
- Players are having a hard time counting
- You want to try a lawn game tabletop RPG session
If you are concerned about using small dice at your table or are having difficulty using dice at your table, there are jumbo and contained dice options that can help with your next game! Please use your judgement to determine if these recommendations are right for your particular players (since age appropriateness and needs have a range) and I hope they help!
Also, in parallel to this article on different dice that are out there, I also put up an article for dice alternative crafts and other options that could also help with the above list. Please also check out the ideas there for more options!
Using soft knitted dice
I found knitted dice while looking for a friend’s baby shower gift and thought these were really cute for babies or really young kids who could also use them as a stuffed toy. They also look like they would be easy to grab for anyone with arthritis.
This shop also sells the pattern shown above if you wanted to try making them yourself!
Getting some squishy plush dice
There are a lot of plush dice out there, which is great because you get some options. This is another one that I think could work really well for super young kids and can double as a soft toy for them to play with beyond the game.
Rolling giant wooden lawn dice
I like the idea of wooden lawn dice because you also bring up the option of having an outdoor tabletop RPG session and introducing some live action role-playing (LARP). Kids could also use these as building blocks and practice being the next dice stacking champion. There’s even some glow in the dark ones for evening events or camping!
Repurposing dice for pets
I did also want to mention Paw-lymorph Pet Toys – they are making rubber dog toy dice, and I think this would also be awesome as an option for kids. If it can survive a dog chewing on them, it should be able to resist your kid trying to bite a chunk out of it as well.
Containing dice in a dice popper
You can also use a dice popper. It’s fun for kids to click the popper down and have all the dice jump back up, plus the dice are contained, so no worries about them falling off the table and getting lost. And, this year, I’m seeing some d20 system dice popper showing up! The one linked above looks pretty awesome and would fit in any fantasy tabletop RPG game!
Using your magical magic 8 ball (or magic 20 ball)
If you want to go a little outside of the box, this store made a Magic 20 Ball from a Magic 8 Ball design! Last year, I couldn’t find this, and I am SO HAPPY that someone has started making these – this looks really cool!
Hopefully this helps you find a few options for some kid-friendly dice or just gives some new options for your games! Please let me know if you make kid-friendly dice, have some recommendations, or have used any of the recommendations from this list!
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