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PIG game for Primary Schools


Teacher Peter Kane has found this game to be a powerful and fun way to get his pupils doing maths. Here are his recommendations for the game.

It would be a great game to play during Maths Week with the whole class. Teachers can email the name of the winning pupil to with the word “PIG” as the subject line and we will generate a PIG champion certificate and email it back to the teacher.


There are 2 levels:

Basic PIG game – suitable for 3rd and 4th classes (need 1 die for each group)

MULTIPIGATION game – more challenging for 5th & 6th Class. (dice needed for each group)


Basic PIG

PIG is a game for 2 to 6 players.


  1. Players take turns with a die.
  2. On a player's turn he/she can roll a die as many times as they like.
  3. If a roll is a 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6, the player adds that many points to their score for the turn.
  4. A player may choose to end their turn at any time and “bank” their points.
  5. If a player rolls a 1, they lose all their unbanked points and their turn is over.



Beginner’s Game: The first player to score 50 or more points wins.

Advanced Game: The first player to score 100 or more points wins.



The multPIGation game will stretch the pupils a bit more.

This is similar to basic PIG but players throw 2 die and multiply the two scores.

Even number can be banked but odd answer loses point/turn.