I was scrolling through toys for my kids a couple weeks ago and came across Rory’s Story Cubes. I thought they sounded fun and wanted to try using them in session so I purchased them for around $7 plus shipping on amazon.com. Turns out… I love this game!
About the Game
There are 9 cubes in the box about the size of your typical dice. Each cube is white with a black picture, different one on each side of the cube. The player,or players, roll the cubes and tell a picture from the story.
Ways To Play and Use In Therapy
1. One person rolls all the dice and tells a story using the pictures on the tops of the cubes while the other person listens. I used this on a young male client and young female client (both middle school age ranges). These were individual sessions and not as a group. I asked the child to roll the cubes and tell a story about their life and try to incorporate some difficult things they have been struggling with. At first, I wasn’t sure how effective or easy this would be, given it takes some thought and creativity. But the stories, and process of telling the story was great! It allowed the children another medium to describe what they were experiencing and I learned more about them as well. For example, one child rolled a cube with an alien face and used this to describe their parents and why they saw them in that way.
2. Two or more people roll the cubes and take turns telling a part of the story with one cube at a time. This will allow the therapist to incorporate themes or characters in the story and see how the client responds.
3. Incorporate superheros and villains. This idea is directly off the Rory’s Story Cubes website and I love it.
1. Describe your superpower.
Each person takes a turn to roll 3 cubes.
Use these to describe your superpower. (And a name, a name is very important).
2. Create a backstory.
Next everyone takes turns to roll all 9 cubes.
Use these to give your hero a backstory. Remember to add a flaw or weakness, this is what makes your hero human.
3. Create a Super-villain
All superhero teams need an arch-nemesis or super-villain to go up against. To create a super-villain, roll all 9 cubes then, as a group, use the 9 images to describe this villain. give him/her or it a unique ‘calling card’ a modus operandi, so for example The Joker always leaves a card, Bomb Voyage from the Incredibles leaves bombs etc.
Give him/her/it a name and a reason for doing what they do. How does the villain justify their actions?
Now that you have your characters, you are free to create all kinds of super-powered stories featuring the heroes and their arch-nemesis.
Story Cube App for iOS and Android
While pulling up the website for this post, I found out there is an app. Why not? There seems to be an app for everything these days. I downloaded the app for $1.99 and it’s pretty cool too. You shake your phone to roll the cubes and move them around as you wish with a touch of your finger. There are also different themed cubes you can purchase for another $1.99 each with themes of voyages, clues, enchanted and prehistoric. Below are pictures I took from my phone using the app.
Does anyone else have any suggestions for using this game? I hope you enjoy it as much as I have! 🙂
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