Story Dice

App review by
Leslie Crenna, Common Sense Media
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Symbol dice for telling stories, sweet and simple.

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age 4+
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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational value

Kids can learn naming, brainstorming, presentation, storytelling, acting, script writing, and more with this simple little app as a catalyst. Don't forget the icing -- all those essential skills like waiting your turn, listening, and respect, which kids learn anytime they engage in social or cooperative games. A tad more visual interest and games built in to the interface would make this app shine. Story Dice is a catalyst for story, poem, song, and skit creativity, but don't forget to show 'em how it's done -- together.

Ease of play

As the app states itself, easy enough for a 3 year old to use.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know Story Dice is a spare but sweet little app that's exactly what it seems: dice for telling stories. While the price is a bit higher than you'd expect, it's still cheaper than what you'd pay for actual dice.

User Reviews

Adult Written byChenzo1099 June 1, 2013

A "Must Have" App

I use Story Dice with my 2nd grade students in the classroom. I project it onto the screen. Students take turns "shaking" the dice to produce the day... Continue reading

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What's it about?

Users choose from one to ten dice to throw, tapping to roll. That's it. Most of the action is outside the app itself. The Help and Tips section has three full pages of game ideas like taking turns telling a story based on the symbol thrown, using the dice to play charades, or rolling dice to form a character for an improv skit.

Is it any good?

STORY DICE is good (period) especially for creative types who like to play with ideas and communication. Commonly recognized symbols appear on one to ten dice for instance a moustache, a sailboat, a four-leaf clover, a frog, sandwich bread, a high-heeled shoe, or an airplane. Specific game and story ideas on the Help and Tips page talk about stuff like creating stories, drafting poems, putting together skits, and crafting characters. In case you forget your dice in your other coat (I know I always do), Story Dice can be used at family game nights, on road trips, or during long air flights when a spark of creativity is all you need to make the journey part of the fun. Basic enough for toddlers and a great teaching tool for anyone.

The only downsides are that the shake-to-roll works inconsistently and sound rolling doesn't seem to work at all, plus the games aren't built in to the app itself, so kids aren't likely to play with it independently. Of course, once an adult introduces the possibilities, kids can take off with it. The app doesn't offer any rewards or encouragement either. Ideally, your kids will find satisfaction enough through the ideas and interaction sparked by each roll.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Plan a family game night with your kids and use Story Dice as one of many games.

  • Start a story with one die then ask your kids to tell the next part with their roll.

  • Challenge older kids to make their own story dice with new images.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
  • Subjects: Arts: acting, script writing
    Language & Reading: discussion, presenting to others, speaking, storytelling, vocabulary, writing
  • Skills: Creativity: brainstorming, combining knowledge, imagination, producing new content
    Collaboration: cooperation, group projects, respecting other viewpoints, teamwork
    Communication: listening, multiple forms of expression, presenting, speaking
  • Price: $1.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: November 8, 2012
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 8.00 MB
  • Publisher: Thinkamingo
  • Version: iOS 1.4; Android 1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.0 or later; Android 2.1 and up

For kids who love storytelling and word games

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