Product Type: The Creativity Hub Child Development
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Story teller's toy.
The Creativity Hub Rory's Story Cubes
Member Name: broxi3781
The Creativity Hub Rory's Story Cubes
Advantages: Encourages creativity, a new story every time.
Disadvantages: Stickers are very hard to peel off.
I love children's books, and we have a huge collection, but my children also love "made up stories" too and I am forever making up tales about magic motorbikes, dragon's poo, and the latest adventures of Yoshi. A few months ago another dooyoo member ( Joker) kindly offered me a spare set of Rory's story cubes. Never one to pass up a freebie - I jumped at the chance, especially since this sounds like just the sort of toy we might enjoy. It ticks all my boxes for a great toy - it does not require batteries, make horrible noises or break easily. It does encourage imagination, could be considered educational and has plenty of replay value.
WHAT'S IN THE BOX:
9 solid white dice
a sheet of stickers to put all the designs on.
The stickers are very thin, and the children did tear a couple trying to peel them off the sheet. I decided I should be in charge of the stickers and I tore a few more. Not to worry this just means we could add a couple of our own pictures to the cube. I would recommend adults very carefully assemble these cubes.
WHAT WASN'T IN THE BOX:
Instructions: I don't know if these were meant to be there and left out, if my sons lost them as they got this open before I did. It isn't really an issue. We aren't big on rules any way. We just play games our own way - but this set really is self explanatory - you roll the dice and then make up a story to match the pictures. I wasn't sure if you were meant to use all of the dice or just a few, but it really doesn't matter which way you are meant to use this as we just do what works best for us. My children are only 3 and 7 and they did get a bit overwhelmed trying to make a story with pictures. I suggested that they just pick a few pictures, but we ended up with the children rolling a smaller number of cubes to simplify things. Their favourite thing though is to roll all the dice and watch me make a story and I have always managed to include every picture so far - which they think is grand feat. Sometimes they cheat and try to find pictures they think will make it harder for me, but I still come up with something.
Imagination: You really do need to put a bit of thought and imagination into this, and it might not be for everyone. This does need at least one person with an overactive imagination to get it started.
These were a huge hit with my sons, who love an excuse for Mom to make up silly stories. They have also been very useful for me to encourage them to make up their own tales. My three year old is a born story teller. The tales he has made up about being in the RAF in WW2 are absolutely unbelievable. He has a story for everything and never lets the truth get in the way of a good tale. My seven year old is a bit more shy with this type of thing though and really needs a bit of encouragement to express a more creative side, and these have been brilliant for him. I think these would be wonderful in classroom where all the children could get involved. They are also great for home educators, or just to pass a rainy afternoon. I also could see these being fun for a sleepover - all the more fun if you put your own pictures on instead of the ones you are meant to. In fact I am thinking of buying a second set and doing them all with my own pictures.
With the pictures that come on this - I would say the upper age limit would be age 10 - and I don't think an older child would be as likely to use these over and over. These are not recommended for children under 3 due to the risk of choking, but a 3 year old wouldn't have any fun with these alone either. I can not see any reason parents could not use these with a child from age 2, so my age recommendation would be 2 -10 with the pictures provided. I think these would be excellent with our own pictures for a youth group or sleep over with teens - and who knows it might even be fun to see what adults could come up with over a few drinks. If you add your own pictures there really is no limit to what you could come up with.
OUR FAVOURITE STORY:
Just to give you an idea what type of stories one gets from this I thought I would give you my 3 year old's favourite - which he likes so much that he asks for the Fish with credit card story sometimes at night now
The cubes were: house, fountain, fish, turtle, credit card, cell phone, apple, book and sleep. With this combination the story just jumped out at me as obvious for these cues. It is of course nonsense but it's hard to get a really sensible story with so many features.
Once there was a fish. He didn't live in a house, as fish live in water. Instead he lived in a fountain. One day he found a bag. Inside the bag he found a cell phone, a credit card and a few apples. He was disappointed, as cell phones don't work well in water, he didn't like apples, and while he would love to use the credit card, he couldn't get out of the water to go to the shop.
Turtle came by and asked what fish had found. Fish told him and turtle said he would go to the shop and buy whatever fish wanted with the credit card, if fish would give him some apples. Fish happily agreed and asked turtle to buy him a book, so he could tell his children a story before bed. Turtle went to the shop - but it turns out you can not use other peoples credit cards - even if you do find them. The shop keeper said they should call the owner of the phone and return the card and the phone. Turtle was sorry he couldn't help fish, and fish was very sorry he wouldn't get a story, but he let turtle take phone to the shop, and the store keeper called the owner and told him collect his things from the fountain.
After awhile a little boy came, and he was very happy to get his phone back, and the credit card which belonged to his Mom. He felt sorry for fish and turtle though, and said turtle could keep the apples and he would get the fish a book if wanted. But books don't work well in water either - and fish had forgotten he couldn't read. So the boy told fish a story. He came back many times and taught fish a new story each time, and fish had plenty of stories to tell his children each night. And the children were well behaved and went right to sleep afterwards - so fish never ate them as some fish do with their children and they all lived happily after.
Thanks again Joker for the lovely gift - we certainly have had fun with these :)
Summary: A fun prop for silly stories.
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