Product Type: The Creativity Hub Child Development
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The Creativity Hub Rory's Story Cubes
Member Name: carlz2001uk
The Creativity Hub Rory's Story Cubes
Advantages: Excellent for young children's imagination and confidence building. Good fun!
Disadvantages: None for me
My eldest daughter who is 6 has a fantastic imagination, but seemed to be struggling to fulfill her potential at school recently when asked to write stories. Eager to help her along the way, we scoured the net for fun ways to help her and it didn't take long until we came across the Story Cubes. Priced at £13.50, we managed to find them only a few pounds cheaper at just over £10 online.
The story cubes are effectively a set of 9 dice. Each cube has a picture on each side which you roll and then have to tell a story following each picture in sequence. The beauty of this game is that you will never have the same sequence as the combinations total more than 10 million! The images on the cubes total 54 images, so even the amount of images are varied and give so many excellent combinations.
While these cubes are a game, we don't actually play them this way. We play them in a way that my daughter rolls the cubes with help from mum or dad and then she sets to work making a story in the correct sequence from the pictures. The object of the game, when played as they are meant to be, is to think of a story on the spot and in front of other people. For adults, this game is hilarious when you have had a few glasses of wine (me and my husband played one night when we were bored!). The rules are pretty non existent, and it's quite simplistic in this respect. Although we bought it with the intention of using them for our young daughter, we have found them entertaining and no doubt they will come out at Christmas time!
In terms of our daughter and her development, we have found that although she didn't need any help in terms of her own imagination, she perhaps needed some help in getting those ideas and thoughts into words and some sort of order that would make sense. These cubes have given her this ability, but they have also taught her to have fun with it. She now knows not to take herself so seriously and knows that not all of her ideas and stories are going to be as good as each other. The cubes have given her a confidence to be able to articulate her thoughts more clearly and for that I can 100% recommend them.
The cubes have also taught her about interpretation and how one person may see one thing, another person can interpret it completely differently. We sometimes sit around the kitchen table and play as a family, although I say the word play loosely as we often have to help out when it comes to my youngest daughters turn. With 4 people playing and such different ages, the stories usually have us in stitches and become very obscure, but this is the whole point of the game.
The box they come in mean they are easy to keep all together and to transport around. My daughter took them to school recently to show and tell where she explained what they were to her class, and I was more than happy for her to take them as I knew they would be secure in the box.
If you really enjoy the game, you can buy add on packs, should the 10 million combinations not be enough for you!
Summary: 5 stars
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