Rory's Story Cubes - Voyages
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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2012
We own the other versions of Rory's Cubes, so I hesitated at purchasing yet another set. However, now that we have them, I'm glad that I did. This set of cubes can be used alone or with the other sets. The box is about as big as your palm, so it's extremely portable. My daughters (11.5 and 7.5) keep them in their dance bag and pull them out to use with their friends between dance classes. There's always a crowd of kids around the cubes, and they range in age from 6-18. I love that my 7.5 year old will pull these out and play with them by herself.

We homeschool so I had originally purchased the other sets as creative writing prompts. However, while they certainly work that way, my girls have used them much more just to make up stories on their own. We have other Gamewright games, and I really appreciate that their toys combine so much fun with learning. As homeschoolers, I look to pack eduction into all that we do.

While some of the pictures on the dice are very straight-forward in their interpretation, it's been interesting to see how different kids interpret other pictures. While our girls don't play lots of computer/video games, I've still been very pleasantly surprised at just how much of a hit such a simple game has been. You won't regret this purchase!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2013
My nephew plays with electronic toys entirely too much in my opinion. Mom's iphone is the toy he prefers the most. So I thought I'd get him something simple. He has a great imagination and he loves to tell stories so I figured this is right up his alley. It's one of the smallest presents he got for Christmas (amongst large lego sets, Star Wars toys, etc) And this game was the one he was the most excited to play with. That's saying a lot. I told my BIL and Sister that it'd be great for them when they travel by car long distances because it doesn't require batteries and they can all play it together. I'm not sure how much he's playing with it now, when I see him, he still talks about it. Good purchase ^_^
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2012
Received my cubes. These are better than the other two sets! The symbols etched on the dice are more imaginative than before and they will spark your imagination more as well. I paid premium for the dice...the recent price drop is nice and wish I had known it would drop 30% over a couple days. Get them at the current price. Keep one thing in mind: these dice work best as a language learning tool or in creative writing classes. There are a lot of toys online that are a lot more fun that will still spark the imaginations of children. For the cost, however, these are worth purchasing! The other two sets are not really needed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2013
Uhhhh I don't understand the high ratings... it's a great game for ten year olds, but the most fun I had with these was strategizing how to make them more fun for adults. We settled on this procedure:

(instructions for a group of 4 players)
1. One person rolls the dice.
2. This person, and the person to their left, both close their eyes while the other two players arrange the dice in whatever order they like, in a linear way. (One after another after another.)
3. The team opens their eyes and has to come up with a story collaboratively, the roller of the dice beginning, each person tag-teaming to construct a story based on each die. Example, if the first three dice are a flower, a screwdriver, and a clock, "Once upon a time, there was a flower growing in a vast desert." (push the flower die forward to indicate you've integrated it into the story, and to signal it's the next person's turn.) then the next person constructs the next part, "It was a flower that was pretty handy with tools, and it was often hired by other flora and fauna to put together Ikea furniture." (then push the screwdriver die forward, and so on).
4. While step 3 takes place, the non-team players set a timer for 1 minute. When the timer goes off, the storytellers have to stop.
5. The number of dice that the storytellers successfully integrated compromises part of their score. The other part of their score is determined by the non-storytellers based on quality & cohesiveness, they each assign a number 1 - 10 to indicate their impression of the overall quality.
6. Record the score on paper, with each person's name separately.
7. Then the 2nd person from the storytelling team becomes the dice-roller, and the person to their left assumes the storytelling role in combination with them. Repeat the above steps.

A full "round" means that each person at the table has been part of the storytelling team 2 times, once as the roller, and once as the supportive person. Determine how many rounds you want to play beforehand, and then total up the individual scores of each player to determine the winner.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I got these (and a few other similar, boggle, scrabble, etc) for my wife--I married her in June of 2013. She came from the Southern Border of Mexico and spoke ZERO english. IN just over a year, with my help, with the help of these kinds of activities, she is now at probably high school level English. I am very proud of that--and really these are excellent because they do many unique things. This applies to anyone--children, teens, adults, or people like my wife learning English as second language.

1- Teach new words
2- Challenge memory to remember previously learned words
3- As opposed to just repeating a word, or trying to read it, this actually forces you to KNOW what the word means.
4--Doing/sorting the various problems helps you think in english vs thinking in (spanish) native language because its explained in english. (my theory).

It seems like the biggest challenge is to think in English. Other languages use different sentence construction and layout, and its very difficult to think in one way and talk in another. I liken it to the old HP calculators that used RPN to enter #'s, vs a regular calculator that is more direct. This seems to help with that.

it might not help with pronunciation and grammar, but I not only never claimed, but wouldn't begin to suggest that this is the sole source to learn English as 2nd language. You still need to read, and need to practice talking to someone who can correct you and so on. This is a very good tool however, to apply things that you either are learning or already learned. I appreciate that they have these ranked by level of difficulty. That makes it easy for children or adults to use the one appropriate for their level.

BEST OF ALL???--ITS FUN!

Its a great product.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2012
These are great, small compact great for travel, and a good way to kids to use there brains and story telling skills, They were on sale and I purchased 3 of them for the grand kids as Christmas stocking stuffers
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2013
This was purchased for a six year old boy and the entire family had fun creating stories and laughing at the twists and turns of the story teller.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2012
If you teach language arts, Rory's story cubes are a must. Story telling goes hand in hand with writing stories, and this product is a great fit.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2013
the cubes are wonderful in the car or for when ever you have a little down time. We purchased all three types and enjoy mixing them together.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2013
I have the other two Story Cubes sets and playing with all of them is a great idea.
My only complaint about this "Voyages" set is the quality of the drawings on the dice. They come on light gray lines that makes it harder to see if there's not enough light. It's more noticeable when put along the other two sets (Original + Actions), since they come with sharp black bordered drawings.
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