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Rory's Story Cubes

Rory's Story Cubes

Spring 2010 Games
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: Gamewright
Price: $7.99
Rory's Story Cubes is a set of nine six-sided picture dice (a total of 54 unique pictures) that are rolled and used to inspire impromptu storytelling. The pictures are very basic (e.g., a key, a hand, a house) and therefore very flexible. Players roll the cubes, then tell a story using all nine images that are displayed.

Recommended for ages 8 and up, it can really be used by any individual or group trying to wake up creative language skills, from preschoolers still working on vocabulary and learning to tell simple, one-sentence stories to adults struggling with writer's block. The fifty-four pictures are so general that they can be interpreted widely to allow for either very trivial or very complex stories. The dice are small enough to be carried anywhere; they can be brought out at anytime to pass the time or break the ice.

Editor's Note: There are 10,077,696 possible combinations of pictures. This simple and elegant little game offers a world of imagination and fun. We wonder if the folks at Gamewright would consider creating a Twitter challenge that asks people to Tweet a story based on a roll of nine story cubes? Could be really, really, really fun.

Emily Crawford   ©2010 Parents' Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master's in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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