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