Product Type: The Creativity Hub Child Development
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"9 cubes, 54 images, 10,000,000+ combinations, unlimited stories"
The Creativity Hub Rory's Story Cubes
Member Name: pootlegirl
The Creativity Hub Rory's Story Cubes
Advantages: Well made, portable doesn't need batteries or wires and gets your imagination going!
I spotted these whilst looking for inspiration for my nephew's Christmas present last year and ordered them immediately. He's loves writing stories and I thought this might be a fun slant on his hobby - and give him a bit of a challenge! I also bought a set for my friends children, who were 4, 7 and 9 at the time. I paid just under £7 for them at Amazon.
Rory's story cubes consist of 9 dice with a different image on each side* The dice are beautifully made with clear images and come in a sturdy, re-usable box with a flip top lid which has a magnetic clasp hidden in the cardboard to allow it to stay shut, making this a very portable (stick it in you handbag for emergencies) activity! It is a very attractive and tactile set.
The idea is that you roll the dice, then use your imagination to make up a story that includes all the images shown on the dice. There are no set rules, the game can be played alone or with friends. If playing with friends you can take it in turns to roll all the dice, then tell a story, at the end of which you pass all the dice to the next person who does the same, or you can take it in turns to bring the next image into the story - the latter is my favourite way of playing! And best of all, it is a non competative game so there are no tantrums from losing participants!
Rory's Story Cubes are marketed as suitable for age 6+, however I am intending to buy my 4 and a half year old some for Christmas. One of our favourite games whilst out walking or in the car is to make up a story, taking it in turns to come up with the next sentence/paragraph. I think the appropriate age for this sort of toy depends purely on the child and how much imaginitive play they do....if they do struggle then using fewer dice will make the game easier for them.
Additional sets are also available which can be used in conjuction with the original cubes or on their own. There is a set of 'action' cubes ("depicting the most important verbs to be learned in second language development") and a set of 'voyages' cubes - which is designed to inspire stories from "far, far away", the images shown in the marketing picture for this set include an octopus, a viking helmet, a goblet, a crown, etc...so much less 'every day' than the images of the original set. The images in each set are depicted in different colours so they are easy to distinguish from each other if more than one set is used. And if you like you're technology then you can even get a Rory's Story Cubes iphone app!
I know that both the families I gave these too last year have thoroughly enjoyed playing with them, so much so that my sister has suggested we get an add on set for my nephew this Christmas! For just under £7 this is a fantastic toy, not only is it well made but it encourages imagination and can be used pretty much anywhere, with pretty much anyone! I am looking forward to having our very own set to play with!
* Another reviewer has stated that the cubes came with (very thin) stickers that needed applying to the dice. This was not the case in my set. The dice already had lovely clear images on them! Maybe the other set was an early prototype!
Summary: A great take along game to keep the kids (and the adults) occupied pretty much anywhere!
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