story cubes

January 5, 2012

I'm a really terrible story teller. (Which is why I go to the library and check out so many books to read to my kids!) 

But despite the beautiful tales I read to them (with plenty of emotion and accents and energy), they still ask for me to tell them stories. Like ones I make up all on my own. 

I'm telling you, these stories are no good. Yet, still, they ask on. 

When I saw these  Story Cubes  in the store a few months ago,  I thought they would be a perfect stocking stuffer. And I thought they might make me a better story teller. 

They didn't. 

My stories are still awful. 

But here's why I love these cubes. Instead of me telling the stories, Juliet wants to tell them now.

I'm off the hook!

She loves lining up the cubes and then telling me a story. 

Over and over again. 

I just close my eyes and listen to her little tales of magnets that attract rainbows and arrows that fly around the world searching for bumblebees. 

It's wonderful. 

I love the cubes because they have a lot of different interesting images. And they pack up neatly in their box. And my daughter is nuts about them. 

You could make your own or do the old story stone craft (something that's been on my to-do list for awhile!) 

My friend Amanda has a set of Tell Me A Story cards  that she enjoys with her kids. I've seen them and they look really fun. 

How do you find inspiration for your stories? Any tips or secrets to share with me? 

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