A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
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.
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 ...
- 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
- Last updated: August 17, 2016
Our editors recommend
For kids who love storytelling and word games
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