Reviewed by Wendy
What it is: Feeling creative? Not feeling creative? Either way, Story Cubes can help! Story Cubes are dice with images (e.g., a turtle, a castle, a hot air balloon) printed on each face. They’re designed to spark creativity, and can be used by individuals, families or business groups or in the classroom to create verbal or transcribed stories, drawings, comics, movie ideas, novels and more.
The inventor of the cubes, Rory is quick to remind people that there’s no right or wrong way to use the cubes, so use them however you want! If you really want to be profound, consider this as an example: The castle can be a castle, or it can refer to a princess, or to someone who’s behaving in a guarded way. Mind blown! In other words, you don’t have to be so literal all the time!
Brain Benefits: visual processing, creativity, sequential thinking, planning
What I love: I’ll admit it: as a writer, I’m a bit impartial to any toy with the word “story” in it! When I bought this for my kids, it was one of the Christmas gifts that I was most excited about because I knew it would be great for family game night and it didn’t disappoint!
My kids are sometimes attached at the hip to their phones, tablets and video games, so It’s nice to have an “old-school” toy that pulls them away from technology and gets their creative juices flowing. But it’s even better that Story Cubes doesn’t feel like a kids’ game. (Remember “Chutes and Ladders” and “Go Fish”? Aaaah! Adults can only take so much!) It’s fun to play as a group to see how everyone’s mind works.
Coincidentally, my mother-in-law sent us Story Cubes a few months later!
There are several 9-cube collections to choose from, including themes like “Dr. Who,” “Batman” and “Scooby Doo,” among others.
What I would change: I wish there were collections that had more than nine cubes, but I do want to point out that you can buy “add-on” packs that contain three cubes with certain themes, such as Medieval, Enchanted, Fright, Mythic, Animalia and Prehistoria, just to name a few.