A few months ago, I bought a set of Rory’s Story Cubes, having seen them mentioned on Twitter, especially by MFL teachers. With my Year 5 class, I had been trying to ignite their imaginations and did a lot of work on storytelling. I hoped that these story cubes would help with this.
Did it work? Yes! Without a shadow of a doubt!
First of all, what are Rory’s Story Cubes? They are nine dice that come in a little box, into which they fit perfectly. Each dice, or cube, has six different pictures. They are so simple to use: roll the cubes and tell a story using the nine pictures that you have in front of you. Simple!
I introduced my class to the story cubes by demonstrating alone how to use them. I threw the nine dice and built up a story using them. Having done this, I invited the children to create stories from them. Doing this as a whole-class activity meant that the children were being exposed to others’ ideas and were able to develop these when it was their turn. It meant that they were forced to listen to their classmates and pay full attention, as they could be chosen next to continue the story!
Having told a few stories as a class, we then started to put a bit more focus into our storytelling. I would insist that the children should have a different opener on each sentence, or I would insist that the children must include some exciting and interesting adjectives in their story. Creating this focus meant that the children became even more focused on the task and even became competitive, aiming to have the best and most exciting vocabulary in their story!
The children in my class loved these so much that they often asked to use them during Golden Time. I loved to sit and listen to their amazing stories and it was great to see that the children in my class were choosing to do this when they could have been playing with the many games available to them during Golden Time. Click here to listen to a recording of the children in my class using the story cubes.
Towards the end of the year, when my class were completing the 100 Word Challenge, I gave them the option of having some story cubes to help them with their writing. I would roll the dice and take a picture like the one above and display this as they wrote. This additional option really helped children who struggled to ignite their imagination and gave their writing a basis.
Buying Rory’s Story Cubes was one of the best £10 I have ever spent and I really recommend them as a tool in the primary classroom. This year I will be buying the other two sets that are available and I’ll blog about them when I have used them.
At the time of writing, Rory’s Story Cubes are available for £7.09 on Amazon. If you click the link below, you will be sent to Amazon through a referral link, for which I will get paid if you decide to buy the cubes. If you prefer not to click using the link below, you can click here to go directly to the page without referral.
If you have used Rory’s Story Cubes in a different way, could you please comment and share how you have used them? I’m very keen to learn lots of new ways to use them.