Imagine a game that could fit inside your pocket and would be versatile with many skills and ages groups in Speech and Language. Rory’s Story Cubes provides just this with nine little cubes that each have six sides with a variety of pictures on them. When you roll the cubes, you use each picture to tell a story that goes together. You can also make up games to work on skills and goals for verb tenses, details, and other items for older students. In addition to the original set, they now make cubes that focus on voyages and actions that can be combined together. Although the cubes say they are for ages eight and up, you will see that you can use them for younger children with support because no reading is required. You can even add in additional sets of cubes with more topics and some with favorite characters from the world of entertainment. Imagine what fun kids can have at any age with this simple resource.
Rory’s Story Cubes are truly easy to use in a variety of ways within different types of therapy sessions. For kids who are working on fine motor skills, you can have kids write a story to work on their handwriting technique. Younger children may want to draw a picture to go along with a story that they make up. Gross motor activities could include acting out the story together and making sure to incorporate the action cubes for an extra challenge.
Social skill groups may take turns together acting out sections of a play that they make up with the cubes. For those working on speech and language, use the cubes in a sentence. Older students may begin a story and continue around in a circle. Other sessions may also encourage laughter and silly stories with the cubes. This can break the ice with some students who may not want to share and chat with others in a group. Here are few activity ideas on how you can use Rory’s Story Cubes for therapy sessions.
Group and Individual Story Time
The first time you use Rory’s Story Cubes, it could be a group activity to get kids interested in how it works. Have someone roll all nine of the cubes. Take some time to go over what everyone thinks each of the cubes is about. There are no right or wrong answers, and some varying interpretations will probably happen. Select someone to begin with “Once upon a time….” and use one of the cubes in that sentence. Rotate from person to person adding the other cubes to make a story that goes together. It may be silly, but you are working on sequencing, story building, details, and more. You may wish to record the stories to make a book that can be used later on with students.
To make things a little more of a challenge, set a theme for students to use when telling a story. Select a topic you are working on so that vocabulary choices may flow better with the random cubes. Some possibilities are: At lunch we…, During the school day we…, and My favorite __ is…. The possibilities are endless for topics that you can use with Rory’s Story Cubes. You could even begin with questions and have them focus on answering it with the story cubes. Think outside of the box and let your imagination fly as the kids relax and have fun building on their skills with this game.
Talking Tenses and More
For older students, the Action pack of Rory’s Story Cubes would help to work on verb tenses. Sublime Speech has shared an activity with readers who use this game. A storytelling template is provided to use with the cubes to write a tale. Rather than roll all of the cubes at once, you roll one at a time and put them into the boxes to create your story. This is more challenging, especially if you require a theme. In addition to this, they also have a sheet that focuses on verb tenses. You write the story in the present tense on the top line, and then you go back and complete it in the past tense.
Take Home Activity
Think about sending the fun home for children to share with their families. Include instructions that are personalized for each of the multilingual families. Explain the purpose of the activity and how they can be involved and assist their children. Second Story Window shares a wonderful Story Cube paper. Make a small booklet of these papers to send home in a take home baggie with instructions for children to practice making and telling stories. When they come back to school, have them share their stories and talk about their experience. Reinforcement of skills and building confidence in speech and language is important, and games will assist in this area.
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