Sequencing and Storytelling Games
Kids love to tell stories which is great because storytelling allows for self-expression and imagination. It also expands vocabulary, promotes self-esteem, and sparks curiosity. However, kids often struggle with connecting their thoughts and relating details of stories in the order that they occurred. Check out the 13 games below that will help kids invent their own stories while actively problem-solving and thinking about how to sequence events. You can click on the pictures to learn more about each game. I’ve included affiliate links to all the games.
1) Each set of Story Cubes comes with 9 dice with different pictures on each side. To play, roll all 9 dice at the same time and create a story beginning with “Once Upon a time…” while including all 9 pictures in the story.
2) Roll A Story comes with 10 dice with pictures that have different themes. To play, roll the dice and create stories out of the pictures that you land on. See how many different stories you can create out of the same images.
3) How to Tell a Story comes with a 144-page guide book on storytelling and 20 blocks with colored sides that each represent a different part of speech. Encourage kids to follow the activities and lessons in the book or to use the blocks to create their own unique stories. This book is recommended for ages 8 and up, but the story blocks can be used with younger kids with prompting and demonstration.
4) Use your imagination to arrange these 14 beautifully illustrated wooden blocks in different orders to create unique stories. Endless creative possibilities here!
5) Adventures in Storyland comes with 12 double-sided scenes, over 200 picture cards to use as story prompts, and instructions for different play possibilities. This game is fun for the whole family to play together, and is an excellent way to encourage imagination, practice sequencing events, and develop stories.
6) Create A Story Cards come in a bunch of variety packs. I’ve used this Volcano Island theme for many years as writing prompts, but it is excellent for telling stories verbally as well. Each set includes 36 cards with related pictures and recurring characters to create endless story possibilities.
7) Connect the Thoughts is a matching game where players have to find similarities between every 2 cards. For example, the boat and the bell begin with the letter b, the flower pot and the boot are both brown, the donkey and the dog are both animals, and so on.
8) This Story Retell card set comes with 60 illustrated cards each with a short story. The idea is to work on listening and auditory memory while practicing retelling the stories on each card.
9) Story Time comes with 53 game cards that each have different scenes, characters, and objects. To play, turn over one card at a time and create a story until you turn over “the end” card.
10) Look at each picture to determine what happened first, next, and last while telling a story in sequential order. See if you can combine the scenarios to create longer and more elaborate stories as well.
11) Tall Tales is an exciting storytelling board game with 5 different ways to play. The idea is to reach inside the bag, pull out different characters and then create stories out of them. This game is excellent for promoting imagination, problem-solving, practicing connecting thoughts and ideas, and more.
12) Tell Tale is another great game to practice inventing and telling stories. It comes with 120 cards with images that include characters, settings, objects, and emotions. It also includes instructions for 4 different game variations.
13) Create Your Own Fairy Tales Story Box comes with 20 double-sided puzzle cards with pictures that will spark imagination and help kids create different fairy tale stories with innovative plots and twists.