Rory's Story Cubes Actions

by Kathryn

Rory’s Story Cubes Actions are the follow on to one of the top selling toys of the year. They work as a standalone game or can be added to the original to double the fun!

Number of Players: 1+

Ages: 6+ (According to the box but I would save this for older kids and would go with 9+ as a guide personally)

Target: Just like the original cubes, these little wonders do a bit of everything but of course with this set the emphasis is on verbs or action words.

To find out more about Rory’s Story Cubes Actions, you should first read all about the original version. I already reviewed them here and I give the top ten ways to use the cubes for Speech Therapy so check out that page if you didn’t already.

Rory’s Story Cubes Actions have all the great features of their older cousin – a great affordable price, neat concept with endless possibilities, strong and long lasting box design and great portability for playing on the go. The one difference with this set is that each image is a verb.

Most of the images feature an engaging stick character carrying out the depicted action and it is this character and his facial expressions that spark the imagination and make you want to tell a story right away.

The set is a standalone purchase so you only need to buy this set but if you have the original story cubes then you can mix and match to extend the learning opportunities even further.

Using Rory’s Story Cubes Actions as a Speech Therapy Game

As a Speech Therapist, owning both sets gives me a great range of language targets for older kids. There are 54 common verbs (such as dig, cut, smile, knock, catch) and the design of the illustrations means that they work equally well in the past, present or future tenses so they are a great addition to grammar drills involving verb tenses.

I referred to the character earlier in this review as “he” but the clever drawing of these pictures means that the character is actually gender neutral lending another language teaching aspect to this game as you can incorporate pronouns.

The best way to show you the scope of Rory’s Story Cubes is to give you an example of the different stories you can create so I had a little fun and came up with a story from each set. The two examples below are done using the 2 sets individually to allow you to compare the kinds of target words available in each box.

Example Story Created Using Rory’s Story Cubes Actions

Images Used: walk, knock, shake hands, shake, fall, peep, break, cry, speak

Happy Birthday Bob!

Once Upon a Time, Bob decided to visit a friend. It was a lovely day so he set off walking and when he arrived he knocked on the front door. His friend was delighted to see him and they shook hands.

When his friend went out of the room for a moment, Bob saw a beautifully wrapped gift on the table “I wonder is that for me?” he said and while his friend was out of the room he picked it up and shook the box gently.

Something made Bob jump and the box fell to the ground with a loud crunching sound. His friend peeped round the door with a worried expression and saw that the gift was broken and lying on the floor. Bob was so embarrassed at what he had done.
His friend cried with laughter when he saw Bobs face and it was a while before he could control himself. Eventually he put up his hand to steady himself and spoke “Oh you should see your face” he said “I knew you wouldn’t be able to resist taking a peek while I was gone and I know how clumsy you are so I wrapped up a fake gift. The real one is over here – Happy Birthday Bob!”

Example Story Created Using Rory’s Story Cubes Original

Images Used: Fish, happy face, footprint, clock, scales of justice, magnifying glass, letter, shooting star, moon.

Stripes and the footprints

Once upon a time, there was a fish called Stripes. He was a very happy fish but he had one wish in life. He wished he could walk on the beach at the lake and make footprints like he saw the children doing when they came to the seaside for a day out.

He loved the way the footprints stayed in the sand, even after the children had gone home in the evening time. “It’s not fair” they would complain, “We want to stay longer and make sandcastles!”

But their Mothers would insist and away they would go, leaving Stripes to look carefully at the footprints (as carefully as if he was looking at them through a magnifying glass) and wish he could make the prints too.

He thought hard about how he could make his dream come true and he started to make a plan. First, he thought of writing a letter to Santa Claus. But that wouldn’t work because the letter would get all wet in the water and anyway, who ever heard of a fish writing to Father Christmas?! Then he thought about wishing on a star. “I can do that!” he said and he closed his eyes and wished hard.

Nothing happened and Stripes the fish felt sad.
He sighed. It was getting late and he needed to go to sleep because he was only a little fish and he couldn’t be too late to bed. He looked up into the sky and the moon was overhead. He drifted off into dreamland.

He was splashing about, playing with his friends when suddenly he felt a funny tingling in his fins. He looked down and realised he had sprouted feet! Quick as a flash he raced up onto the lakeshore and started to make footprints in the wet sand. He ran and he jumped and he played and soon the beach was covered with Stripes’ fishy footprints.

When he was done, he ran back and jumped into the lake with a splash. With a start, he woke up and looked down. He didn’t see any feet, only his usual fins. “Oh well” he said “A fish can dream. It was fun while it lasted but those feet are not as good as my fins for swimming.” And with that, he swam off for some fishy fun.

I had fun with these story examples but I’m sure you and your kids can do much better! Go ahead and try, there is nothing not to love about this game!

Now you know all there is to know about the game – you are ready to play. Have fun!
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Sing Nursery Rhymes and Action Songs

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This helps to work on listening, attention, imitation and turntaking, all important skills for Speech and Language development!