I picked up a packet of ‘Rory’s Story Cubes’ recently and tried them out in the resource room this week. They were a huge hit with the children and they wrote really great stories using the cubes.
How to use them
The cubes are really easy to use.
- Roll all 9 cubes
- Put them in an order (I let the children decide the order)
- Make up a story
The cubes gave the children some ideas and provided a scaffold to support children. Often a big problem for children when it comes to story writing is where to start so the cubes definitely help with this. The cubes also provided a good structure. We started each story with ‘Once upon a time…’ and the cubes gave a good visual to show the start middle and end of the story.
The children can work in pairs to create a story together. Or individually and talk about their stories.
Record of work
I typed up each child’s story on the laptop. This meant that the children didn’t lose their flow and it was also really easy to edit the story afterwards. This was appropriate for the children I was working with but the children could also work independently and write out their story themselves in their copies.
Sample story made using Rory’s Story Cubes. (This is the edited version!)
- Easy to use
- 1 box – 1000’s of possibilities
- Great for sequencing
- Great for retelling
- Great for oral language, writing and reading (if the children write/type their stories).