Using Story Cubes for Therapy
Have you ever looked at a game and wondered how to use it during sessions? A small set of little cubes may be the easiest solution for sessions on the go. Rory’s Story Cubes are small cubes which are a super versatile game. The original game has simple pictures on the six sides of each cube. All you need to do is make up activities to use the cubes within sessions to work on skills and goals. Now you can even add in additional sets of cubes with more topics and some with favorite characters from the world of entertainment. Imagine what fun kids can have at any age with this simple resource.
Ideas for Session Use
Rory’s Story Cubes are truly easy to use in a variety of ways within different types of therapy sessions. For kids who are working on fine motor skills, you can have kids write a story to work on their handwriting technique. Younger children may want to draw a picture to go along with a story that they make up. Gross motor activities could include acting out the story together and making sure to incorporate the action cubes for an extra challenge.
Social skill groups may take turns together acting out sections of a play that they make up with the cubes. For those working on speech and language, use the cubes in a sentence. Older students may begin a story and continue around in a circle. Other sessions may also encourage laughter and silly stories with the cubes. This can break the ice with some students who may not want to share and chat with others in a group.
Expanding on Story Time Options
Keep the imagination rolling. Focus on a type of story to work on as a group together using the cubes. Roll the nine cubes and begin the tale. There are no wrong answers since you simply begin and keep going. Select one person to be the narrator. Start with, “Once upon a time,” and use one of the cubes to begin their story. Make sure that the kids add in details. Who are the characters? Where does the story take place? What is happening?
The focus may change depending on the group. It could be taking turns, acting it out, boosting speech and language confidence, sequencing, or more. Have the kids work together on adding details, sequencing, building a story, and more. Write down the story for them to be able to ready to tale from start to end. Older students may do better with a starting point or storyline to work on as a group.
Rory’s Story Cubes are also perfect for therapists to send home with students for extra practice. Families may enjoy them enough to purchase their own. Instructions should be included with activities for each child to work on. Make sure to have translations so multilingual families are able to participate.
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