Product Type: The Creativity Hub Child Development
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The Creativity Hub Rory's Story Cubes
Member Name: arleek
The Creativity Hub Rory's Story Cubes
Advantages: Gets the imagination going, good for spending time with your family
**Rory's Story Cubes**
I decided to buy these because my daughter just loves to make up stories, but they usually all revolve around the same thing, so I thought these might help expand her imagination.
The story cubes are basically 9 dice which have a total of 54 images (6 on each) on them (instead of numbers) and have therefore 10,000,000+ possible picture combinations. The idea is that you throw all 9 cubes at once and then make up a story in relation to the images you can see face up on the cubes. You choose your starting point then start your story 'Once upon a time..' and using your imagination you can somehow link all the images together to complete your story.
The images on the cubes are very diverse, and it is debateable what some of them are actually meant to be, but I think this adds to the enjoyment of making up the story because you can make it anything you want it to be. For instance one image to me looks like a pyramid, but to my youngest daughter it looks like part of a spider's web, and there's another that looks like a bank card to me, but my kids think it looks like a letter. So it really does depend on what the imagination thinks! Other images include a bridge, building, happy face, sad face, an arrow, eyeball, clock, turtle, rainbow, padlock, handprint, parachute...it really is completely random, but it seems to work in the eye of the storyteller.
**Using the Cubes**
Both of my daughters (aged 4 & 6) love to play with these cubes (even though the recommended age is 8+), the 4 year old perhaps does not quite create a story that makes any sense but she still loves to have a go, and the things she comes up with always makes my 6 year old giggle.
When we play we usually take it in turns, we use a little table and all sit round it, and the first person throws the cubes and begins their story. You would think that with over 10 million possible combinations that you would get a different set each time, but we have found that some of the same images keep turning up again and again, which really frustrates my daughter, and I've no idea why this happens! Anyway, my kids' stories are usually very short and to the point, they basically link all the images together in as short a space of time as possible, and often it is quite miraculous how this actually works, however sometimes it really is just waffle. But I really don't think that matters, because they are really enjoying themselves, using their brains and thinking about things and trying to be creative; and perhaps one day they really will come up with a masterpiece!
I am not allowed to escape having a turn on the cubes either, and I think this helps my children too, because an adult's perspective on the cubes is totally different to what a child would think. So some of the things I come up with while telling my story sets the cogs turning in their little minds, and usually parts of my stories will turn up in their next ones. And I think this is also broadening their minds to think and look at things in a different way.
My Dad also likes to have a go at telling stories, and his are usually very farfetched and never fail to entertain my 2 daughters, and I also like to listen to what he has to say because it always amazes me what he has going on in his head!
My 6 year old has even been known to play this on her own, and instead of telling the story out loud, she writes it down in her little book. Here is an example of one of her tales (I have starred the parts she has picked from the cubes):
"Once upon a time there was a *happy boy*. He had a *bow and arrow* and he always played with it, but he wanted a *key* but his mum said he could not have one. He dreamed about going on a ship and *driving* it but when he woke up he saw a *footprint*, he thought that they were *monster* footprints. He asked his mum if he could go to the *castle* and his mum said he could. He could not see a monster but he could see a *bug*. When he got *home* it was bedtime"
So as you can see, the story is very brief and does not flow particularly well, but she has managed to link a few of the images together seamlessly, and her story incorporates more things than one of her standard (non cube) stories which usually involve a dog and a trip to the shops!
**Other Things About The Cubes**
They come in a lovely solid little cardboard box which has a magnetic opening so the cubes are always stored safely away. This is also handy if you want to use them whilst travelling because you can use the box to throw the dice into so they don't get slung around the car.
The box also contains ideas for different ways to play with the cubes, instead of the way I have just described above. But it really is up to you how you play with them, there are no hard and fast rules.
I love these cubes, they are the perfect way to get your kid's imaginations running wild, and it's a lovely way to spend time as a family, communicating, exchanging ideas, and just generally having a nice time. Children love it when you spend time with them, and this is a lovely way to do it. I also know that at school there will come a time when children are expected to write their own stories, and this will be really beneficial for those children who lack the imagination to be able to do that successfully.
A brilliant idea, for young and old alike (everyone loves telling stories!)
**Price and Availability**
I bought my set from Amazon and they are currently available on there for £6.91 (RRP is £10)
You can also get theme variations such as Voyages and Actions, which I presume will just be a different set of images based around voyages and actions!
Summary: Everyone has got at least one good story in them.
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