A good friend gave me a set of Rory’s Story Cubes. Some presents are worth their weight in gold, but for those of us in Japan they will only cost 1,715 yen for a second hand set on Amazon.
Each cube has six images. There are 9 cubes. Some are more easily definable than others, but young minds make light work of abstract images.
The instructions claim that there are infinite ways of playing with the cubes. I wonder if they have tested that? But they are certainly not lacking in versatility.
Roll all the cubes at once. Pick one image for the starting point of a story.
“Beginning with ‘Once upon a time…’ make a story that somehow links together all nine cubes”.
My four year old defied the linear narrative and kept returning to the first cube to change it: “The moon met an arrow, then the moon turned into a fountain and went on a boat”. Nonsense? Not at all! Thinking in her second language!
Using story cubes already? Let me know what worked for you!