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Story Cubes are great for ice-breakers, family gatherings, small or large groups, and for players of all ages.
With my adult family members, we play by rolling a die and telling a personal story based on the image rolled. Last time we played we learned that my father was really into abacuses from childhood to young adulthood, and that my husband brought whole frozen fish to biology class for dissection in junior high (which the teacher did not ask for!).
We adapt the game a bit to play with our three year old. Here are four ways to use Story Cubes with a preschooler.
- Roll one cube and name the object facing up. What letter (or letter sound for beginners) does it start with? To extend the game, you can go around the table naming other things that start with the same letter or sound.
- Roll one cube and make a statement inspired by the image. As your preschooler gets the hang of the game, you can roll multiple cubes in one turn and make a statement or story including all of the images. Our three year old is surprisingly good at this one!
- Roll all of the cubes and create categories (e.g. living things, things that go, small things, big things, things in the house, things outside).
- Roll all of the cubes and study the pictures for 30 seconds. One person removes one cube while all the other players close their eyes. Players must open their eyes and identify the missing cube.
If the conversation goes off on a tangent, let it! The important thing is to take turns, get creative, listen to one another, and have fun!