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Story cubes

December 15, 2010

Last month my sister took me to The Spirit of Christmas Fair in London. It was my birthday present and we had a lovely, girlie day out together. While I was there, I saw something called story cubes in the programme guide, which I thought looked like something Grace would love. Unfortunately, as is always the case with all these big shows, we wandered for hours and never stumbled upon them. However, whilst reading blogs, pretty much the next day, I discovered this post on Red Ted Art on how to make story cubes!

So I bought some small wooden cubes and varnish and set about making my own. I know they’re not as pretty as the bought ones would have been, and despite my artistic abilities when it comes to cakes, I cannot draw for toffee! But a lot of thought and effort went into them and I hope Grace will like them anyway. (Please don’t laugh at my drawings!)

For those of you who aren’t sure what they are – you roll them like dice then use the pictures you get to tell a story. Great to get the imagination going and as Grace loves writing, she can start to translate some of her stories onto paper now too. Fun and educational!

I even found a little bag in my craft cupboard that was just the right size to keep the cubes in. All in all, this was fun to make, fairly inexpensive and (I think) makes a nice little Christmas present.

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. December 15, 2010 9:05 am

    I have a set from Maggie and they are perfect, wonderful for making stories and the boys love them, we have them on the dinning table and use them at the end of a meal and all make stories. I love yours. I think your drawings are great.

    • amylane permalink*
      December 15, 2010 9:17 am

      You are too kind Jen πŸ™‚ It’s a wonderful idea, isn’t it? I can’t wait to give them to her and start some story telling.

  2. December 15, 2010 9:08 am

    Oh wow they’re amazing, such a good idea! Need to tell all my friend’s with children immediately!

    And those drawings are absolutely brilliant, if I made them the kids would spend more time trying to work out what the drawing was than constructing a story!

    • amylane permalink*
      December 15, 2010 9:18 am

      I am a little worried that Grace may not know what some of the drawings are! I hid the really bad ones in the photo! πŸ˜‰

  3. December 15, 2010 2:38 pm

    This is a fab idea and I am going straight onto Amazon to try and find some. I love your home made versions but unfortunately I really am quite unable to match the quality of your beautifull home made ones.

    • amylane permalink*
      December 15, 2010 4:25 pm

      Lol, I’m sure bought ones will be miles better than my homemade attempt. Hope you find some πŸ™‚

  4. December 15, 2010 4:52 pm

    Ooh your cubes are just perfect! How lovely! I love the kite an the butterfly! The mobile and the crown… cool! πŸ™‚

    Maggy x

    • amylane permalink*
      December 15, 2010 6:22 pm

      Thank you! They’re nowhere near as good as yours though πŸ™‚

  5. December 15, 2010 9:15 pm

    I have seen Story Cubes on tv and like you, thought they would be Ideal for my little boy but have not seen them in the shops yet. I like the idea of making them yourself though so I’m off to have a look over at Red Ted Art now!

    • amylane permalink*
      December 16, 2010 8:36 am

      They were really easy to make and Maggy’s are fab – good luck!

  6. December 16, 2010 3:55 pm

    Those look so cute! They would make really good presents wouldn’t they?

    • amylane permalink*
      December 16, 2010 4:46 pm

      Perfect for presents aren’t they? Might make some for Grace’s friends’ birthdays πŸ™‚

  7. December 18, 2010 5:42 am

    I saw the smae post at REDTEDART and was inspoired but didn’t do it. You are a better woman then me Amy and these look FAB! Was super to meet you yesterday

    • amylane permalink*
      December 18, 2010 8:55 am

      Thanks, Becky. Was lovely to meet you too, x

  8. December 19, 2010 2:13 pm

    That is a brilliant idea Amy… they could while away a few hours this Christmas holiday!!!

    • amylane permalink*
      December 20, 2010 1:19 am

      That’s what I’m hoping πŸ˜‰

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