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 kids can learn
Language & Reading
- presenting to others
- script writing
- combining knowledge
- producing new content
- multiple forms of expression
- group projects
- respecting other viewpoints
Engagement, Approach, Support
The design is attractive but spare. The app could use a bit of 3D and fun factor to liven things up.
Kids can interact socially in skits or shared stories using inspiration from Story Dice; it all depends on what kinds of activities are created around the app. Creative thinking transfers to nearly every school subject.
Symbol-based dice are accessible to ELL students and new or struggling readers. The addition of audio would make it work for kids with vision impairments. The Help and Tips section has great activity ideas.
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.