Storytelling dices

From Community Narrations

Aims of the practice and description of participants

The game can be used:
- As a regular creative exercise to develop your storytelling abilities
- As a warm-up creative exercise in a group idea-generation session
- As a game to entertain children and help them develop their imaginations
- As a creative prompt to inspire your writing
- As a tool to build proficiency in a foreign language

Resources, Materials needed

Storytelling dices or app.


45-60 minutes

Step-by-step - what has to be done?

Provide at least 5 dices, each with random images on it to the group. The job of the participants simply to turn these prompts into a story.
the images should not be taken literally. They can use the dice metaphorically or as representations of other concepts. For example, a slice of pizza could represent food in general, cutting a slice out of something, Italy, gooiness, a chef and a heap of other more obscure things. The job of the dice is not necessarily to provide you with literal objects to work with but concepts to nudge your thinking in fresh directions.
The dices should be thrown in at least three turns, representing the introduction to the story, the main part and the conclusion. The activity can be played, depending on the context collectively, in small groups or individual. The task could be either to tell or write a story.
The facilitator can as well introduce a theme which the stories relate to.
In the end the stories are shared.

Learning Outcomes - which skills are addressed?

The activity boosts creative thinking, engages the brain and is fun at the same time.

How do you check the outcomes are reached?

Storytelling is understood.

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