So I know I haven’t blogged in a while, but been busy. You know, raising two kids is a full time job. But I’m here now. I want to tell you about a really cool toy and activity that we got for the kids.
This new toy is not really a toy, it’s a box. It’s a box of cards. Simple, classic and analog. There are no batteries, no beeps or bops, no dial, no touch screen.
I think of it as imagination in a box.
I posted about it on Instagram when I got it, and we’ve been using it ever since. I was given two boxes by the creator to review and tell you about it, one was The Storytelling box, and the other, The Rewards box.
I’ll tell you about The Storytelling box today. The best part about it is how effective it is to helping me put the kids to sleep. It has helped me get some peace and quiet during bedtime.
Claire looks forward to bedtime now. Oliver thinks it’s just fun when I tell them a story but I’m not sure how much he understands yet, he listens intently, he’s only 14 months old.
The Storytelling Box, it’s not really a toy, but I don’t know what else to call it. Check it out on the link, and you can decide.
It doesn’t matter what you want to call it, it has helped me a lot because Claire loves it. Ever since she was a baby, she has loved stories at night. We tell all kinds of stories.
We have storytelling apps on my phone and on the iPad, we have books, we watch videos and now we have the Storytelling box.
Guess which one is her favorite?
If you guessed The Storytelling box, you’d be right. She loves this because she really can come up with her own story but the cues in the card give her inspiration, they give her ideas.
Usually, I take the lead and I take 3 to 6 illustration cards and I quickly glance at them to get an idea of what the story could be about. Then I start the story and as I’m narrating the story, I show Claire the card I’m using for this part of the story.
Then when I get ready to transition to the next card, I pause and show her the next card. She usually takes it from there and tells me how the story is going to go, she’ll name the characters, she’ll name the places and go on and on. Sometimes she brings in things that happened that day when we were at the park or during lunch.
Let me explain a little bit of how the cards work.
The Storytelling Box consists of 3 sets of cards
Even though they’re not labeled as such, I think of them as being at three different levels, advanced, intermediate and beginner. The box holds all three cards, separated by dividers.
Story cue cards. (advanced) These are the most advanced and I think once Claire knows how to read she’ll really like these. These consist of 2 or 3 short sentences describing the basics of a story. Like a little synopsis, pick one then read it to your kid and let them take the story wherever they want to take it.
Word cue cards. (intermediate) These are a little less complex than the story cues, they just have a phrase instead of a whole story. They could be something like “flying cats” or “fiery dragons”. Pick two or three of these cards and help your kid come up with a story using the cards.
Picture cue cards. (beginner) These are the best for Claire’s age. I’d recommend these from 18 months to 4-5 years old. They are just pictures of random objects, places and characters that will ignite a story. They’re very cute, hand drawn, and each card has a unique item that is memorable so it’s easy to tie stories together when the cards come up a second time.
The Storytelling Box Pictures
We have been using the box almost every night, sometimes we use it during the day if we need to kill sometime. Recently we took it camping and that was awesome, telling stories around the campfire was great. But that’s for another blogpost.
In the meantime, I recommend you get one of the boxes for your own kids, you will not regret it.