Sturdy Numbered DIE with Foam Block - Free Crochet Pattern by Nicki's Homemade Crafts - Make many dice for school kids

It was Saturday evening, I was working on one of my current WIP (work in progress) project, when I decided to look into my yarn stash. I wanted to make something small, quick, easy and crocheters actually want to make.

Well, Lion Brands DIY yarn fell into my hands, literally, as my yarn stash was stuffed full inside storage cubes. Then I realized I had bought some green foam awhile ago that I wanted to make something with for little kids (not for babies due to shocking hazard).

And that’s when I got the idea to make a dice with foam. It is sturdy enough to be used as an actual die, but soft enough that they can’t hurt themselves. And furthermore, is has big number to learn how to read numbers. Of course, one could just add the dotted numbers, but I wanted to make it with real numbers.

So, this study numbered die is perfect for young children over 3 years old who won’t put everything in their mouth that comes in their hands. The foam inside is sturdy, but be aware that it is not wood which means it can be broken. If you do not prefer using foam, of course you could also use an old t-shirt or polyfill.

So let me know tell you how to make this super easy peasy pattern.

 


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You will need:
  • Lion Brand DIY Yarn in orange and black (1 skein each)
  • 5.0mm hook
  • scissors
  • tapestry needle
  • Green Eco Foam Block (67mm x 87mm x 87mm) which I found at JoAnn’s
  • Kitchen knife to cut the block
Gauge:

4 sc x 4 rows = 1 square inch

Stitch used (US terms):
  • sc = single crochet
  • surface crochet
Final size:

3 x 3 x 3 inches

Instructions:

Making the squares

Start with orange

Row 1: Ch 10, 1 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and the rest of the chains (crochet from into the back bump to make it look nicer and make it easier for sewing later), ch 1, turn

Row 2-9: 1 sc in each st, ch 1, turn, fasten off after the last row. If you cut the yarn long enough then you can use it for sewing.

Make 6 orange squares in total.

Using the surface crochet to crochet the numbers on

Using the black yarn and the surface crochet stitch (click HERE for a tutorial), crochet the numbers 1 through 6 onto each square.

Cutting the foam to the properly dimensions

Now cut the green foam cube with a sharp knife (I used a kitchen knife and work just fine) after measuring out 2.5 inches as shown on the picture below. There should be 3 cuts to make all sides 2.5 inches. The picture below only shows 2 cuts.

Sewing the squares together to make a cube as the dice

Using some orange yarn (the yarn end or attach some new yarn) and start crocheting (using single crochets) the cubes together as shown in the picture below.

Once all the squares are connected together according to the picture above, then you need to start connecting the sides together, which means you need to crochet the square of number 3 to number 5, and then 4 to 5.

Next, connect the square of number 3, as well as number 4 each to number 1 using single crochets, too.

Finally insert, the foam (2.5 inches in height on all sides) and crochet the last square to the rest of the three sides. Now weave in the left over ends unless you tugged them in.

You can now use this awesome looking die with your kids, grandchildren or donate it to kids in need. Of course, you can also sell it, if you wish to do so.

I hope you like this die as much as I do.

Sturdy Numbered DIE with Foam Block - Free Crochet pattern by Nicki's Homemade Crafts

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