Telling stories is a great way for kids to develop their vocabulary, improve their communications skills, and express their creativity. Although some children are natural storytellers, others need a bit of help getting started. This is where Rory’s Story Cubes come in.
Rory’s Story Cubes are a set of nine dice. Each side has a different picture printed on it, so there are 54 pictures total. Some of the pictures found in the set include a moon, a bee, the Earth, a house, an eye, a turtle, a key, a lightning bolt, and a hand.
When the dice are rolled together this allows for millions of different story telling combinations. Players start the story with the phrase “Once upon a time” and see who can come up with the most memorable tale. Kids can tell stories using the pictures in order, take turns deciding what happened, or simply use the dice as more of a free-form way to begin their tale.
The lack of defined rules to the game takes a bit of getting used to, but the flexibility is part of what inspires kids to be creative. My husband and I love to see what our son can come up with when we’re playing together.
If your child needs to write in a daily journal as part of an English class project, Rory’s Story Cubes make excellent writing prompts. Even rolling two or three of the dice is enough to get most kids started on a story. Kids can even submit their stories on the Story Cubes website, if desired.
Rory’s Story Cubes are educational, fun, and affordable. They would be an excellent gender neutral gift to have on hand for last-minute birthday party invitations.
photo credit: Story Cubes