This week we had a chance to try something new. One of our members, Meredith, had brought in a set of Rory’s Story Cubes to show us at our last meeting. We didn’t get a chance to use them that week so I did a bit of research about them.
There are 4 different sets of 9 cubes you can purchase. The Original, the Clues, the Enchanted and the Prehistoria. The basic premises of the game is to roll the die and create a story from the images you roll in front of you. The different sets allow users to introduce the different genres and themes to students. The sets themselves are not pricey at all and I was able to find them for sale at Chapters and at Indigo. There is also an App for Rory’s Story Cubes available thru iTunes. However, being on a limited budget for our Club, I wanted to see if there was a way for me to create my own cubes for our group.
Hello Pinterest!!! Pinterest is my go-to when I am looking for ideas for writing and illustrating activities for our club meetings. A simple search for “story cubes” brought me to this site:
You can just print off the templates and make your own cubes! Very easy! Plus they are much bigger cubes than Rory’s which makes them easier for everyone to see while they are writing their stories.
So after a bit of sharing, this was our first activity for this week. We rolled the dice and then everyone had to write a story based on the sequence of pictures that showed up. Here is what our sequence was:
I told everyone to write a story with at least 2 or three sentences for each image. There was no time limit so they took their time and came up with some very creative and entertaining stories.
Willow and Albert agreed that I could use their stories, with my own, to share on the blog for this week.
The Dysfunctional Dinosaur’s ADVENTURE
One day a dysfunctional dinosaur was stuffing dirt into his face when he noticed a brown pile of droppings. He had never seen one before. So he tasted it and passed out. Then suddenly, a magic wand appeared out of nowhere. It cast a spell on the dinosaur. The spell made everyone in the world call him dysfunctional dinosaur even though he was the only one that lived on Planet Ruasonid.
One day when the dinosaur finally woke up (in 37 minutes), he found a lock. The lock was golden so he was very happy. He knew he would be rich. But later, it turned out to be a very weird looking outlet.
One day when he had nothing to do, he explored an old house. There was rumour, that the apples in the house were haunted. He didn’t believe that until he bit into an apple. The apple contained a ghost with a human eyeball. The eyeball gave the dinosaur the creeps. So he ran out of the house dysfunctionally. As he was running, a shooting star tripped the dino. When he got up, a sign directed him to look up. So he looked up.
The dinosaur saw a shooting star that threw an arrow at his tail. He screamed so loudly that every country on Earth had an earthquake 10 times worse than the one in San Francisco in 1905. Then he used a horseshoe to stop the earthquake. That was the end of the dinosaur’s adventure.
The Very Crazy Thing That Happened
Once there was an apple. The apple was very yummy. The apple was also very happy. Then a person’s eye saw the apple. The eye belonged to a happy person. The person was happy her eye saw the apple. Then a monster came from under the person’s couch and ate the eye. The monster was green and slimy. It was very hungry but it was full now because it ate the eye and the person that the eye belonged to.
Then a giant magnet came along and since the monster also ate some metal, the monster was picked up by the magnet. The magnet flew into the air. It went far, far away.
Then a shooting star smashed into the magnet. The monster got scared. The star attached to the magnet! Then an arrow came. Someone from another planet shot the arrow. It smashed through the shooting star.
Then the magnet fell into a house. The house had no floor and no roof. Because of that, the magnet fell into a huge hole. Then, the magnet landed at the bottom. It saw a keyhole. The magnet had a lot of keys with it. The third one worked. The magnet went through the door and got bounced very high up.
Then a magic wand came. It made the apple come out of the monster who detached from the magnet which separated from the shooting star. Then the arrow broke.
Finally everything went back to what they were doing before and were all very happy… until it started all over again.
The Forgetful Fairy Godmother
By Miss Katie
Once upon a time in a magical land far away there lived a fairy godmother without any children. She could have sworn that she had some children at one point but she couldn’t remember where they lived. She decided that it was worth her time, as she was very bored without any children to make wishes for, to search for them.
The first place she decided to look was in her closet. She always kept her closet locked, so she pain iced for a minute thinking that perhaps she had locked all her children in her closet. She found her key and opened her closet, but no children, thank the Light!
The next place she decided to look was the house next door. She seemed to remember her neighbour being an old man who like to hunt. She would see him often coming home at dusk with some deer or fox skins, which she never really had a taste for. But the house was empty, no kids, no old man, only an arrow left alone in the grass out front.
The fairy godmother was trying to decide where she could look next when she saw a shooting star! She made a wish to find some children to grant wishes to. As she walked along back up to her house, she tripped over a horseshoe! A sign of good luck! She knew that she would find a new child to dot over and spoil and love.
She decided she might look out in her garden, perhaps she left a child there to wander or plant flowers or play, whatever it was children liked to do these days. She didn’t see anyone at first but then she noticed some movement in her pond. Was it a child? Did it want a wish? Her excitement grew.
As she moved closer to her pond she realized that there indeed was someone swimming in it. Oh how delightful, her own wish had been granted.
“There there child, come out now, I’m here to grant you a wish!” She exclaimed. The child began to walk out of the water. He was a strange child, he was green. He was a juvenile lagoon monster! Oh my, well at least he had come to her and his eyes told her that he indeed wanted a wish. They were green eyes, much like her own, so she took him and gave him a kiss right on his forehead.
“What is your wish my child?”
“Ok well fairy godmother, I sure would love an apple”
“An apple? Is that all child?”
“An apple will do just fine”
So she granted his wish and produced a fresh juicy apple from an acorn. The juvenile lagoon monster ate the whole apple in one bite and then dove back into the pond and disappeared. The fairy godmother stood and stared and wondered where he had gone.
Oh no, she thought. Now I have to find more children. Where should I look first?
After the writing with the cubes, the members starting designing a background for our next project with clay. I showed them some of Barbara Reid’s picture books like these two titles:
We talked about how she must of produced these clay images and what it would take to reproduce something similar. We didn’t have enough clay to go all out, so I told them to design a background and then add clay to the pencil drawing. Once the clay had dried then we could worry about colouring in the entire image. We didn’t get too far into this as we ran out of time. Some backgrounds are ready, I think one new member, Veronica, was able to add some clay to hers but I will save these to share for our next post when they should be closer to complete. (That reminds me, Welcome Veronica!!)
Hope you enjoyed reading our Story Cube stories!
A quick reminder for members, I will be away on a cottage vacation up north so our next meeting will not be until Monday September 8 at 6pm. This will be the last Monday Night we are able to meet and then meetings will switch to Tuesday nights at 5-6:30pm on September 23. Enjoy these last few weeks of Summer, see you when school is back in full swing!