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A Family Game Idea: No Electronics Required

By michellehorton |

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In a world where kids read books on handheld electronics and watch their favorite stories on DVDs, we found a game that will bring storytelling and writing back to basics. The perfect family game for anyone who values imagination, interaction and simplicity, as well as handmade wooden toys.

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The Small Object (one of our favorite Etsy shops) is selling this handmade kids game called “Tell Me a Story,” which the whole family will love to play at home, in the car or on vacation.

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Inside the muslin carrying bag are three handmade wooden dice with pictures of people, places or things.

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Each family member takes turns rolling the dice, and then has to tell a story based on the three images that are showing. While this can certainly be a fun game of oral storytelling (especially in the car), the game also comes with a 50-page Match + Write Notepad (above), so kids can practice writing. Even younger players can participate by simply matching and circling the images on the pad.

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You’ll even get a laminated glossary/spelling helper with the game. Isn’t it precious? Would your family put down the Wii to share in storytelling?

Get it from The Small Object for $35. If sold out, check out her Web site.

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Michelle Horton is the founder of Early Mama, an award-winning site that proves young motherhood doesn’t have to define or limit us. When not writing, she’s typically pretending to be a superhero in her 4-year-old son’s imaginative play. Read bio and latest posts → Read Michelle's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “A Family Game Idea: No Electronics Required

  1. Christine says:

    I am getting this for Christmas gifts for my nieces and nephews–LOVE it!

  2. Christine says:

    bummer….I tried to order it and it said it no longer exists! :(

  3. michellehorton says:

    Hi Christine: It sold out quickly on Etsy, but you can still get it at her Web site for the same price:

  4. michellehorton says:

    She also re-listed it on Etsy, if you prefer:

  5. Uncle Roger says:

    I really like this but at $35 it’s completely out of my price range. For $10-$15, I’d have ordered it already; for $35, I can make my own. Sorry, but with 3 kids to feed, I just can’t afford it.

    1. michellehorton says:

      We understand that, Uncle Roger. But hopefully it inspired you to make your own! We think that would be an even lovelier gift for your three kids.

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