Story Blocks or Story Dice

June 24, 2010

These blocks are finally seeing the light of day. They have been waiting for me to get to them since I painted the peg people. I saw several places online that sell them and some sites with people making them for their kids. Some people call them story dice. I call them whatever comes out of my mouth at the time.

We have plans to go out to dinner with two other families. Seven kids hanging out with adults who like to talk can easily get bored (which generally leads to nagging the adults!). So I figured this was a great time to make these blocks so we can take them with us to dinner for the kids. The girls have been having a blast playing with them and helped me think of more pictures to help grow the collection.

The best part about these blocks is that you can customize them for the children playing with them. Making them holiday themed is fun too. I plan to make a Christmas theme set. Then you can mix and match them with the regular ones too.

I picked up these little wooden blocks at Michael’s. They are about an inch, so they are tiny. You can paint images on them, use Mod Podge to glue pictures on them or stamp them with little stamps. I was too impatient for any of those methods, so mine are just a freehand sketch.

I just drew the pictures with a Pigma Micron pen and covered them with a bit of varnish to protect them and make them waterproof. This is handy when they play with them at the table at a restaurant. I made the pictures simple since those blocks are little. I also sanded to blocks a bit to dull the corners.

I made a little bag to keep them in and they live in my purse. They have been a lifesaver at times like impromptu trips out to dinner, waiting in the exam room at the doctor’s office and while waiting for Daddy to arrive at the airport.

Story blocks are pretty self explanatory, but there are several different ways to play. You can play alone or in a group. Each person can take a block or one person can have them all, it’s up to you. To play, just throw the blocks out and tell a story based on the pictures that land face up. If you are taking turns, each person tells their portion of the story and the next player adds onto the story based on their picture. To spice up the game, kids can act out the story as they go along.

To make this as a gift, you can make the blocks and get or make a little bag to put keep them together. Then if you want, add a cute little notepad and a pen so the kids can record their stories to read later.

Here are some other sites with ideas of how to make them for further inspiration.

The Toby Show

Stitch/Craft

There are also several cute options on etsy if you just want to buy some!

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27 Responses to “Story Blocks or Story Dice”

  1. Anonymous said:

    So cute! Love toys like this. We actually have those old fashioned letter/picture wood blocks from the store, but I love the Toby Show sweet hand painted pictures. Very fun!

  2. Beth said:

    Very cute! You are a good drawer, I wouldn’t be able to draw anything that recognizable lol! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Anonymous said:

    This is such an awesome idea. My kids get bored in restaurants too so maybe I need to make some of these. Thanks so much for linking up with 6 inches of Ribbon. Come back next friday.

  4. Anonymous said:

    These are an AWESOME idea! Putting them on my “to do” list right now :)

  5. Minky {moo} said:

    Okay, you DREW those? I bow to you. Dang. That’s awesome.

  6. Anonymous said:

    wow, you drew all those pics? Great job! It looks so easy and I know my kids would love it! Great idea.

  7. Meg said:

    Great idea! I love that you drew all those. They turned out great. I know my kids would love them as well!

  8. Anonymous said:

    Love this idea! I’m going to do it for my two oldest! They are just the right age for something like this!

  9. Olivia said:

    Sorry, I didn’t mean to be anonymous! Love the idea!

  10. Amanda Jones said:

    You drew those? So cute! What a great idea.

  11. Anonymous said:

    Thanks for joining us for another great Anything Related! ~Bridgette

  12. Anonymous said:

    Super Cute, love it!
    http://mycreationsbygracie.blogspot.com/

  13. maggy, red ted art said:

    Oh my, these are SOOOOO cool!!! We LOVE story telling at our house and I am sooo keen to promote it more.

    We will definitely be making some!

    Maggy

  14. maggy, red ted art said:

    I think I just left a comment? Just wanted to say tha we LOVE storytelling and think more people should “Give it a go”, these dice will bre great for our bedtime! I will be making some… thank you

    Maggy

  15. Anonymous said:

    Love this! What a great idea!

  16. Heather said:

    Sorry – - leaving the comment again with my info! I really do love this idea!

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    [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Mommy Perks, Cool Progeny MD. Cool Progeny MD said: What a fun idea! And great personal gift! http://mymagicmom.com/story-blocks-or-story-dice/ http://fb.me/xrQfbfRG [...]

  18. Anonymous said:

    awe this is sooo SUPER precious!
    Thanks for sharing
    xoxox
    bB

  19. Brianna said:

    SO PRECIOUS!!

    xoxo

  20. JDaniel4's Mom said:

    These are wonderful. I wish I could draw like you can.

    Stopping from SITS!

  21. Idea List for Toddler & Preschooler Activity Bags « Intrepid Murmurings said:

    [...] Story Blocks/Dice – OMG! Love these!  I want some to use during mealtimes, especially lunch! [...]

  22. Deborah said:

    American Science & Surplus (with which I am in no way affiliated) just posted brightly-colored 3/4″ wooden blocks that look perfect for this craft. They have 102 cubes in 6 colors for under $3. Look around while you’re there; it’s a great site for crafters. http://www.sciplus.com/singleItem.cfm/terms/17184 (I hope it’s OK to advertise; my apologies if not!)

  23. Story Dice for Busy Bags « pureandsimplelife said:

    [...] idea I saw here at My Magic Mom.  She drew on hers.  I could draw on mine (with some mistakes, I’m sure) [...]

  24. DeAyn said:

    Absolutely fabulous!
    Would you be willing to share a list of the objects you drew on your story telling blocks?
    Thank you for sharing your artistic talent with us.
    ~DeAyn

  25. wooden story cubes « craftyfish said:

    [...] The idea is so simple, and the cost very low (with the 40% coupon from my local craft store, these wood cubes were less than $1), and easy to keep in my purse … very successful indeed! So glad I did this one. Here is the link to the original post about these:   wooden story cubes [...]

  26. Inês said:

    Hi, I loved the idea! I get together with 2 friends and we have done the story blocks to play with our kids and to offer to family friends this Christmas. It was a sucess! Everybody loves it! Thanks!!!

  27. Beating the block: 10 creative exercises for writers | Oliphant Publishing Services | Self-publishing services, Yorkshire, UK said:

    […] Story dice are another toy you can use to find inspiration. Ready-made cubes can be bought online, although they are usually aimed at children. Or with a blank set of wooden cubes and a marker pen, you can try making your own. […]

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