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What is it?
Story Cubes is an activity where you create cardboard cubes and write different elements of a story on each side. Then you can put the different sides of the cubes together and create variations on the original narrative. There are a lot of different ways you can use it. You can put different kinds of content on the sides.
- Business ideas
- Recent news
- Explore a topic details
- Draw pictures, text or numbers for maths activities.
- Mock up combinations of components
How do I create a Story Cube?
This method can be done alone or in a group. Construct a simple schematic for a cube, like so:
Create a number of these, say four, and choose a context of a school. You could make each cube a classroom for a different subject or do a different building structure: e.g. the gym, the art studio, the music theatre. Then on each side of the cube draw a different activity which you associate with the room.
Take the completed cubes and construct narratives by mixing cubes from different people or mixing cubes from different sub-context together e.g. mix the geography subject cube with the maths subject cube to create new subjects or mix the gym cube with the art studio cube.
Why are Story Cubes Useful?
- Create synergy between stories
- Put on a group workshop
- Gain new insights
- Physically visualise ideas
- Suitable for all age groups
- Cheap and don’t require a lot of materials
A useful tool for bringing together a class and creating a fun activity which gets the mind stimulated. Cubes can be created as throw-away items or kept and returned to throughout a wider activity process.