Steve Taylor and Rob Hanks have mentioned these little cubed pieces of goodness before on their blogs but I’ve been wanting to talk about them for a while now. I’ve got a few fantastic resources to help with creativity, and the Story Cubes have been a great addition to the collection. The Creativity Hub sent me a couple sets of the original sets as well as a copy of the Actions set before I bumped into them locally, since then I’ve been playing with them lots.
Rory’s Story Cubes are a collection of cubes, each side with an image of an action or an item. Roll the dice and once all of the dice have stopped you’re invited to use the images to tell a story, it’s as simple as starting with “once upon a time” and going from there.
I’ll admit, at first the going was a little difficult, but after the fourth or fifth time you get used to the process and it’s a lot less frightening. I cannot wait until I find the space and time to use this with a group of young people, but I’ve played it with a few adults and had mixed results. I’ve a couple of friends who are counselors who, upon seeing them jumped for joy.
Personally, I’ve found them fun, enjoyable, simple and creative.
The Creative Hub have started to put together a list of ways that people can play with the cubes including people in education, with groups of kids and at home, their youtube site has a few more ideas for those of you who want to play with the storytelling game even more.
With Christmas on the way, these would be a great family oriented present….
Oh yes, there’s the Rory’s iPhone App as well for those of you who want to take the cubes with you everywhere, I’m hoping that an update with a voice recorder may be added to the app sometime soon so people can record their stories and share them in that way.