Story Cubes

by MuminBusiness

Children and Adults use their imagination to create stories. These cubes help you along the way...

I came across a family game recently called Rory's Story Cubes and it definitely caused me to take a second glance. No, it is not new at all but it is a great game and there is something lovely about being able to conjure up a story using imagination and nothing more.

It is a delicious concept in a world where most toys are electronic in some way and provide all the pictures and the story line and more. Children no longer have to use their imagination to entertain themselves. Imagination is important, I have always believed this and now I found a game that uses the imagination.

Imagination in Children

Aristotle said 

The soul never thinks without a picture

How true is that.  We all think with pictures.  Everything we do is first played out in our minds unless we have done it so many times that we no longer need to think about it.

Without vision, the people perish

Another excellent quote straight out of the Bible and again it shows the importance of imagination in all people, not just children.

The thing about this generation of children is the massive amount of electronics they have available at every turn.  I must admit I worry about my children's imagination.  If they do not have the opportunity to use it regularly, then will they be creative, innovative thinkers when they grow up?  Probably not!

As a result of this worry, I am excited every time I come across anything that will promote imagination and creativity within my children's minds.  I know I found it in Rory's Story Cubes

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Rory's Story Cubes

Rory's Story Cubes are a simple game but anyone over the age of about 25, knows that sometimes the simplest things are the most fun.  All you need to do to play this game is throw the dice and start creating a story based on the pictures showing on the visible face of the die.

Anyone can do it.  In some cases, even children from the age of 3 can understand and play it - Granted, it will be a very bright 3 year old that can do it but it is possible.  A great age to start this game is probably about 5.  

Rory's Story Cubes really are a great way to stimulate creativity in yourself and your children.  If you are anything like me then you possible may be out of practice creating simple stories.  This game gives your imagination a kickstart.

When children learn to play the game, they can play for ages, creating the funniest original stories.  The only limit is their imagination.

Is imagination important in children?

Rory's Story Cubes from Ebay

What else is great about Rory's Story Cubes?

  1. This is a game that all ages will enjoy.  Grandparents can play it with their grandchildren and find something to laugh about in common.
  2. Rory's Story Cubes can be played anywhere - in the car, a plane, the floor in a bedroom or in the kitchen. The Dice are small enough to fit into a purse or your pocket.  One great way to stave off boredom when on a journey.
  3. Playing the game can only help your children learn to communicate better and improve their use of spoken words as they seek to make themselves understood.  You might even have a child take flight in her imaginative story telling as he/she expands the story into the written word.

Do you need Rory's Story Cubes?

Or would you rather make your own...
  • Get some wooden blocks from here.
  • Varnish/ Seal them to make it easier to draw on the blocks
  • Decide on the pictures you want to make and draw them on the blocks.

Voila!, You have story cubes. 

For a lot more detail, take a look over here

There is definitely something enjoyable about making the items yourself to use and potentially making a few sets to give away.

As I am not much of a hands-on character, I think it would be easier to get the Rory's Story Cubes.

However you choose to get them, regaining your children's creativity and building up their imagination is something you should definitely give some time to.  Rory's Story Cubes are just the thing to help you do it.

Updated: 02/26/2012, MuminBusiness
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MuminBusiness on 02/26/2012

I like your ideas. I too am trying to foster imagination but can catch myself being too prescriptive at times and not leaving them room to think for themselves. Working on that! :-) Thanks for your input!

katiem2 on 02/26/2012

What a really cool concept and yes imagination is a really important quality. I inspire my children's imagination by encouraging art, theater, writing and asking them what they think a lot. I will ask them what they want to have for dinner, how we might do it differently and on and on in every regard. Those little minds are thrilled to be in demand and appreciated. :)

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