How to Spark Children’s Story Telling and Writing: Learning Toy GIVEAWAY

March 11, 2013

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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

Story Cubes Toy Review & GIVEAWAY

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!”

Story Cubes Toy Review & GIVEAWAY

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.

Dog Loves Drawing by Louise Yates

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 Loves Drawing by Louise Yates

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

Story Cubes illustrated story telling


  • Dog Loves Drawing by Louise Yates
  • Rory’s Story Cubes
  • Colored Pencils or Markers
  • White Paper

Dog Loves Drawing by Louise Yates

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!

Story Cubes illustrated story telling

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.

Story Cubes illustrated story telling

Character Drawing, Moonshine the Spirit by MacGyver, age 9

Story Cubes illustrated story telling

Character Drawing, Jellybean the rabbit by Mommy

Story Cubes illustrated story telling

“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.

Story Cubes illustrated story telling

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.”

Story Cubes illustrated story telling

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.”

Story Cubes illustrated story telling

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

The Coloring Book by Herve Tullet

Another creative Easter Basket Stuffer: The Coloring Book by Herve Tullet. Ties in nicely with the Story Cubes and Dog Loves Drawing.

Story Cubes Toy Review & GIVEAWAY

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.)

The Rules:

No entries after 11:59  pm Central Time, Thursday, March 14, 2013

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, March 15, 2013. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Bernice Mattila Garcia March 11, 2013 at 4:32 pm

My husband is the story teller in the family, he says something so believable that we are all pulled in.. and then tell us “no, that’s not true”. Gets us every time!!

beth March 11, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Grandkids are the best story tellers and love the story cubes-I need a set at my house and for my kids at HS.

Robin March 11, 2013 at 6:55 pm

My grandkids are very imaginative and have wild stories to tell..

Brandy March 11, 2013 at 9:05 pm

All three of my kids are story tellers, especially my eight year old.

Jean B March 12, 2013 at 6:10 am

My daughter is the storyteller around here…her dreams are often her springboard.

beth March 12, 2013 at 7:22 am

Love story cubes!

Angela March 12, 2013 at 9:42 am

My 4 year old daughter is quite the storyteller. My older son’s need a little help in that area, so this looks like a fun idea to get their creative juices flowing.

Jeannine March 12, 2013 at 11:25 am

Angela I have found the Story Cubes to be great inspiration. They aren’t intimidating because it is just a funny game. The wilder the story the better. We played verbally many times before writing down any stories. If you get a, “I don’t know what to write about.” You can pull out the cubes and play a round. Writing down the story can be journal writing for the day.

michelle March 12, 2013 at 12:05 pm

My oldest son is our storyteller. He runs back and forth all day long telling us deeper and deeper plots to whatever is in his head that day!

Ellie March 12, 2013 at 12:38 pm

I love how my husband makes the voices of story characters really come alive! (Especially the spooky or scary ones — we love a little tingle down our spines and a good laugh at the end…) Sometimes he makes up stories, too. These story cubes look really neat!

Tara H March 12, 2013 at 5:13 pm

I think 3 out of 5 of our boys are great story tellers.

Jeannine March 13, 2013 at 11:03 am

Ellie, my husband is the quiet type. Not flashy! It has been so heart warming to see how he interacts with the children each night when reading books to them. When MacGyver was a baby, my sister was shocked to hear my husband singing loud and proud the Wheels on the Bus book at bedtime. Children can bring out the best in us!

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