What parents need to know
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.
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.
Families can talk 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.
|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
|Release date:||November 8, 2012|
|Version:||iOS 1.4; Android 1.1|
|Minimum software requirements:||iOS 4.0 or later; Android 2.1 and up|