Week at a Glance:
- GIVEAWAY of the Week: Story Cubes
- Story Cubes Easter Basket Stuffer
- Story Cubes Illustration Game
- Dog Loves Drawing Story Telling Inspiration
- The Coloring Book Easter Basket Recommendation
Toy Review and GIVEAWAY of the Week: Rory’s Story Cubes
Why we love Story Cubes:
When it comes to Birthday’s and Holidays, I like giving gifts that spark creativity, thinking and problem solving. Rory’s Story Cubes are a fun little Easter Basket Stuffer. And yes, they make you think. Rory’s Story Cubes include 9 cubes with simple pictures on each side. The picture cubes act as story starters. The slogan for the game says it all, “Story Cubes let your imagination roll wild!”
I love the flexibility of this game. You can pretty much make up your own rules.
Here are our simple game rules:
- Each person gets 3 cubes (we just divide the cubes equally among 3 players)
- The first player creates a title for the story. The title becomes the theme of our story.
- The game moves from player to player.
- Each turn the player rolls a cube and uses the picture starter to add onto the story.
If you missed my review of Dog Loves Drawing last week, you really missed something fantastic. NOT my review. You missed the fabulous drawing world of Dog and his friends. When Dog receives a sketch book from his Aunt Dora he knows just what to do . . .
Dog and his illustrated friends sketch their way through a creative story telling adventure. You must meet dog. He is the newest love in my life!
During my first reading of Dog Loves Drawing, I had a story telling brainstorm . . .
Rory’s Story Cubes Illustration Game
- Dog Loves Drawing by Louise Yates
- Rory’s Story Cubes
- Colored Pencils or Markers
- White Paper
Step 1: Read Aloud Dog Loves Drawing by Louise Yates
- Such story telling inspiration!
- My kiddos are totally infatuated with Dog and his story telling illustrations!
Character Drawing, Chi-Chi the chick by Miss Enigma, age 6
Step 2: Main Character Drawing
- Before we began our Story Cube Illustrations, we each drew our main character.
Character Drawing, Moonshine the Spirit by MacGyver, age 9
Character Drawing, Jellybean the rabbit by Mommy
“Chi-Chi is drawing her friend Dee-Dee the Dinosaur,” Miss Enigma, age 6
Step 3: Story Cubes Illustration Game
- Each player gets 3 cubes (we just divide the cubes equally among 3 players)
- The first player rolls a cube.
- All players draw the same cube.
- Each player adds his own interpretation of the Story Cube to his story illustration.
- The second player rolls a cube.
- All players add his own interpretation of the Story Cube to his story illustration.
- The game continues going around and around until all of the cubes have been rolled and drawn.
*Out-side-of the box thinking is encouraged! The players are NOT required to draw the cube picture. Rather the players use the cube as inspiration.
- The Story Cube above looks like a “monster.” Miss Enigma decided to interpret the “monster” Story Cube as a friendly dinosaur.
Chi-Chi the Chick’s Adventure by Miss Enigma, age 6
“Chi-Chi drew her friend Dee-Dee the Dinosaur. Chi-Chi the Chick and her friend Dee-Dee the Dinosaur went on an adventure in the forest. They were searching for food. Dee-Dee the Dinosaur is always hungry! They found a magic key hole with delicious treats hidden inside a basket. After they ate, Chi-Chi’s little friends the birds, brought funny books for Chi-Chi and Dee-Dee the Dinosaur to read. They all read their books to each other before they went to sleep.”
The Spirit’s Flight by MacGyver, age 9
“Moonshine and Midnight are spirits that roam the earth each night. They are friendly spirits who hide from the people of our earth. The spirits must return to the spirit world before daylight or they will forever be lost on the earth. If the spirits are locked out of the spirit world they have one chance to return. They must find a book hidden by a great spirit under a tree. Within the book is a magic key that the spirits must fit into a key hole at the mouth of the spirit world. Moonshine and Midnight must follow the shooting star to find the tree with the hidden book.”
Jellybean and The Great Carrot Obsession, by Mommy
Have you ever tried to write a story? It’s hard! That is why we highly treasure the story telling we find in great children’s literature. Story telling truly is a magical talent. Story Cubes free my children’s imagination. The roll of the cubes force the players to push the ideas of the story.
All of our story telling illustrations were drawn from the exact same roll of the Story Cubes. How wonderful that they are so very different!
MacGyver is a child that is all about the facts! He enjoys when I read aloud fiction; however, he much prefers to read and write about true facts. The Story Cubes encourage him to develop a story. From time to time we use the Story Cubes as a warm-up to journal writing time. What a fun warm-up!
Life with Jeannine
Another creative Easter Basket Stuffer: The Coloring Book by Herve Tullet. Ties in nicely with the Story Cubes and Dog Loves Drawing.
We’re GIVING AWAY one set of Rory’s Story Cubes
To enter this contest, use the Rafflecopter to answer the following question. After you leave a comment, you can move ahead with more entries.
Do you have a story teller in your family? Miss Enigma is our story teller! Hold on to your hats. She tells some wild ones. (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
No entries after 11:59 pm Central Time, Thursday, March 14, 2013
The winner must be a resident of The United States.
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