Rory’s Story Cubes is a set of nine solid dice with a different image on each side. There are infinite ways to play, and the GameWright website describes many ideas. One technique for the speech therapy session is for one child to roll a die and begin a story using the picture rolled. The next student rolls a different die and uses that image to continue on the story. Using this procedure, players can practice story elements: characters, setting, problem, events, resolution, conclusion.
The next player may roll the magic wand and add, “He sensed from an early age that he had special powers. When he closed his eyes and concentrated, he could make the rain stop. When he stared at an object, it would move ever so slightly…”
Since the majority of my children with language delays are working on narrative skills, this game provides for a “fun” way to learn and improve their skills in a game setting. And because Rory’s Story Cubes is visual, it is ideal for many of my students who struggle with auditory and reading vocabulary.
Overall, I am quite excited about this addition to my language activity cabinet. I may even take Rory’s Story Cubes on my upcoming camping trip. The weather forecast is for (big surprise here)…rain. So my kids and I may be hanging out in the tent quite a bit. Telling lots and lots of stories.