I’ve mentioned these before and how much the kids loved them. I recently found a set with 3 cubes from 3 add on sets for sale at our local toy store and had to get them. They sparked a renewed interest.
From the Story Cubes website:
As the brain thinks in pictures but communicates in words, having a visual aid to creative problem solving would be advantageous. Using images to trigger stories would help the brain think in new ways.
Story telling is beneficial in many ways whether the parent is telling the story or the child. Listening to story telling increases vocabulary, encourages the child to visualize the story in their head, promotes auditory skill and challenges their memory. For a child telling a story it helps them develop linear progression in thought, creativity, imagination, speaking skills, memory, brain connections and more. It’s also a great way discuss and work through anything the child is struggling with. A parent could make up a story on the subject giving words for the emotions and ideas for solutions. Story telling is used often in Waldorf pedagogy to address issues with children. The book, “The Whole Brained Child” talks about getting children to tell the story of something that happened to them to help their brain integrate their emotions with the reality. A child who is scared to relive a traumatic incident can project those events into a story about someone else.
The more stories your child tells and hears the better they will get at doing it. You’ll also find your own brain being stretched as you come up with stories. That’s great for preventing dementia later in life.
Here’s some snippets of a story Pumpkin 1 was telling me.