on 25 February 2012
If you're not already a fan of Rory's Story Cubes, prepare to be converted! Such a simple idea, but beautifully executed.
The dice are nicely heavy in the hand: children really want to roll them. The storage box is also superb quality: you know that it'll last you for a long time.
I've used these dice (and the other two sets available) in the classroom to inspire story telling and with my own children to occupy them on journeys. Sets can be shared across a class, with each group/table having different ones, or use a visualiser to show the same dice to the whole class. They will each interpret the pictures in their own way. Simply superb for shared writing or poetry. Think of something for each letter of the alphabet that fits the rolled image(s) or tell a story as a random die is chosen and rolled, or add another item to the list that gets ever longer ...
Lovely dice, with countless uses :-)
As is usually the case with games, the most simple ideas are often the best. How much easier to play could a game be than picking up a handful of 'story cube' dice throwing them on the table and then, letting your imagination be guided by the combination of random images your throw has provided, either writing or telling a story beginning with 'Once Upon A Time'?
Rory's Story Cubes are not only educational, fun, and challenging they are perfect for parties when late in the hour the dancing has ceased and people are chatting around a table with a glass of wine. Writing clubs will also find them an invaluable tool for inspiring great works from members at workshops and the best thing about them is that there are millions of possible combinations so no two workshops will ever be the same!
The cubes come in a really tough little box with a magnetic fastener (nice touch!). They are of good quality manufacture and even repeated use is unlikely to cause any of the print to come off unlike many other cheap dice games.
Add to the fun the fact that other 'themed' sets ('Actions' & A 'Random' set') of 'Story Cubes' are also available and can be 'mixed & matched' together in any combination you choose and you have a simple game with endless twists and turns that will keep you and your friends amused until the end of time!
These 'Voyages' dice are especially great for combining with the 'Random' set and parents of small kids needing inspiration for the latest installment of their current 'bedtime story' will find them invaluable!
Charming, enchanting and with the ability to re-awaken the kid in even the oldest adult.
Overview: These are a set of cubes which show a different image on each face. The aim of these are for the children to roll them and put them in order to make a sequence ready for a story. The child is then to use their imagination to create a story based on those characters, props and themes.
The images include: camera, helmet, backpack, musical note, crab, map, treasure chest, axe, beans, snake, monkey, trophy, man, elephant, mushroom, cogs, bib, tent, cactus, cauldron, octopus, glasses, crow, waves, test tube etc.
Uses: These are a fantastic resource to use in the classroom or at home. They come in a variety of styles which will suit different topics and children's interests. In the classroom they can be used individually with children or they could be used as a whole group with each child having a different image to add to the whole class story (e.g. sit in a circle and try to add a sequence to the running story). At home, or in the car journey they can be used to keep children amused and stimulated throughout.
> Compact, lightweight and durable.
> Come in a lovely presentation box to keep them safe!
> Have a different image on each face e.g a character, prop or themes/ideas.
> Have a variety of themes to choose from e.g. other imagination ones and a new batman one has just been released.
Would highly recommend to anyone who has children or works with them! They are fab!!!! Many hours of enjoyment
> Could be used to help develop EAL learners language recall. This may include rolling a dice and the children in the small EAL group need to say the key word as quick as possible. The first child to say it wins a point.
> As a whole class each child could roll and dice and then one by one go around the room with each child adding an element to the story. The key language once upon a time could be used and focused on.The children would need to carefully listen to all the other children before them to enable them to create a story which flows and makes sense. For example, if Child A had an image of a Girl, Child B had an image of a tree, Child C had an image of a happy face, Child D had an image of a Phone. Every story by different children would be different as the images could be interpreted differently but the children's story could go: Child A - Once upon a time there was a little girl called Claire...
Child B - Claire was walking through the woods one day to get some fresh air...
Child C - Claire felt very happy...
Child D - Whilst walking Claire realised she had lost her phone...
> Individually a child could use a set to create a verbal story which could then be placed onto a story mountain and then written into a story.
> Individually a child could use a particular set to get them into role for a creative story linked to a topic. For example, the Batman set would be great for a superhero topic and would provide ideas of what language to use/what ideas to include.
> If your a parents, these could be great for uses on a long car journey. Let the children roll the dice and create their own stories either individually or as a group if they have siblings.
> I could see that these have the potential to be fun at family gatherings. For example at christmas they could be used to keep the kids entertained and i am sure the adults would not refrain from also joining in. This could then be used as a whole group to create a funny story.
> For other ways to play, as suggested by the official site visit: https://www.storycubes.com/play
Lets do the maths:
> There are 17 sets within 11 collections, some of which do contain doubles as a MAX version (larger size).
> As each collection has 9 dice, they contain a total of 54 different images which can also be mixed up to create a unique story.
> If you were to buy the whole lot that would be 594 images, however 162 of them would be doubles as they would be the MAX size (perfect for whole class as easier to view).
> In theory if you were to buy the lot you would have 432 different images and then 162 doubles which would still offer extra bits to add into the story.
>I love the way the images can be interpreted differently by each child - lets get them being creative!
>The possibilities really are endless!
on 29 February 2012
These story cubes were purchased for my girlfriends birthday. It is fun to play as instructed, or create your own rules. This game can be easily modified to be fun for larger social groups at home, on the train, or in a pub. The quality of the cubes themselves is extremely high. The cubes are made of a high density plastic resin that are solid and feel well balanced. The pictures on the cubes are stamped in the plastic rather than painted on so they feel well made. The packaging is also really well designed, the case is small, very little wasted material and the magnetic clasp keeps the lid closed tightly enough not to worry about it opening up in your bag.
Overall, these game cubes are really fun, are made very well and they are relatively inexpensive. I would recommend these to anyone who is looking for a social/verbal game to play.
on 16 August 2013
I have two sets of cubes and may get more. I run creative writing groups and they are a great stimulus for adults or children. They can be used in so many ways to amuse, entertain, create little competitions, they are just good fun