How to Make Storytelling Cubes

hi i'm julia from reynolda here with another video to inspire you to be creative at home this time we're going to turn a printout into a game that you can use for inventing your own stories on your own or with friends we have printable pages that you can turn into cubes with six different images when used together you can roll the cubes and then get an assortment of story prompts that have been inspired by things connected to reynolda's house or its history like let's see these roller skates for example that you could find in the basement at reynolda before you make your own story cubes you might want to take a look at our explore reynolda card that's linked below this has a picture of eastman johnson's painting the story teller of the camp and it offers some questions for you to think about or talk about while you look then we've got some other storytelling ideas for you to try in addition to the game with these cubes so let me show you how to make and use these storytelling cubes first you'll need a printer and paper to print out the templates if you have heavy paper like cardstock that would be best but you can use regular printer paper
too some of the cubes have color but you can print them in black and white you'll need scissors and glue of some sort you can use a glue stick a few tiny dabs of liquid glue or double-sided tape one of the templates is blank so you'll need something to draw and color with a pencil and maybe some colored pencils or markers the last ingredient is your own imagination but you might want to invite a friend or family member to join too begin by printing out the story cube templates onto cardstock or other paper
there is one with places where your story might take place animals that might be characters games that could create some action in your story and a template for you to create your own cubes with your own drawings after printing cut out your cubes along the solid lines [Music] fold inward along all dotted lines
you can use the handle of your scissors or the top of the glue stick to help make crisp [Music] folds to stick the cube together you need some kind of adhesive if you're using a glue stick put a scrap sheet behind
each tab while putting glue on the tabs attach the tabs to the inside of the cube's sides if you use double-sided tape put a small piece on each tab remove any liner then stick the tabs inside the cube sides lining up the dotted lines with the [Music] edges [Music] repeat with other finished cubes you can add your own colors to the cubes before you cut them out [Music] for the blank templates print as many as you'd like but make sure you draw a picture on each side of the cube there should be six in total think about elements you'd like to add to your story for example this cube will have things related to magic you could create a cube with another set of characters or perhaps science fiction story elements to use the cubes you can play by yourself or with others you can roll the cubes one at a time as you tell the story or roll them all at once at the beginning and then create a story with all the elements on the tops of the cubes if you're playing with others take turns telling parts of the story if someone adds an element to the story and it's your turn next accept what they offered and keep the story moving [Music] share your creations on instagram facebook or twitter using hashtag reynoldathome find more videos helpful page on download

Invent your own stories! In this Pop-Up Studio, Julia Hood shares an approach to story creation that uses DIY storytelling cubes to prompt an unpredictable, and fun narrative.

Materials needed

→ A printer and paper (white cardstock is best, but you can use other printer paper)
→ Story cube templates with instructions and inspiration (below)
→ Scissors
→ Glue stick, a small amount of liquid glue, or double-sided tape

Optional: Colored pencils, crayons, or markers

To start thinking about telling stories, look closely at Eastman Johnson’s 1861-66 painting The Storyteller of the Camp in Reynolda’s collection. For questions to consider as you look, as well as other storytelling activity ideas, see this Explore Reynolda Storytelling activity card.

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