Story Dice

Common Sense Media says

Symbol dice for telling stories, sweet and simple.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

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

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

No login, no emails, no commercials, no links, no ads.

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

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • vocabulary
  • writing
  • discussion
  • presenting to others
  • speaking
  • storytelling

Arts

  • acting
  • script writing

Skills

Creativity

  • producing new content
  • brainstorming
  • combining knowledge
  • imagination

Communication

  • multiple forms of expression
  • presenting
  • speaking
  • listening

Collaboration

  • respecting other viewpoints
  • teamwork
  • cooperation
  • group projects

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The design is attractive but spare. The app could use a bit of 3D and fun factor to liven things up.

Learning Approach

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.

Support

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • vocabulary
  • writing
  • discussion
  • presenting to others
  • speaking
  • storytelling

Arts

  • acting
  • script writing

Skills

Creativity

  • producing new content
  • brainstorming
  • combining knowledge
  • imagination

Communication

  • multiple forms of expression
  • presenting
  • speaking
  • listening

Collaboration

  • respecting other viewpoints
  • teamwork
  • cooperation
  • group projects

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Leslie Crenna

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
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

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Parent Written byChenzo1099 June 1, 2013
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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's story prompt. Whether it is a personal narrative, opinion, non-fiction, or even free-writing, the students are all smiles when it is a story dice day. I recommend this app to all of my colleagues! A "must have" for the classroom! I also believe that if your child is writing, he/she can use Story Dice before the recommended age of 7. This is good for any preschool child as well as elementary and above.
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