Story telling was just a part of my childhood experience. My friends and I sat around and tried to tell the scariest or funniest stories depending on our mood. We wrote plays, funny scripts and recorded them on a tape recorder and we entertained ourselves for days and weeks.
Sometimes that ability is missing in a child. I worked in a school environment and I got blank stares at times when I’d say, “Let’s write a story.” I remember one classroom was having a real hard time thinking of something to write and I drew a rabbit with suitcase in hand standing by a house with a ‘For Sale’ sign in front of it on the black board. I asked the class, “Is he moving out of the house or into the house? You tell me in the story.” That picture seemed to really ignite a lot of creative stories and it was all that was needed to get those creative juices flowing. Story telling and creative writing are very important in the development of a child. It is also a good way to just open up and have fun by creating and being rewarded with laughs or applause of approval over our humor and creativity.
That is one reason I think Tell Tale from Blue Orange Games should be in every body’s toy box this summer!
Tell Tale comes in a tin with 60 cards for ages 5 to Adult and 1 to 8 players. Each side of the cards are illustrated with a picture. Using these cards as prompts the object is to tell the best story individually or on teams. This game is also very flexible that you can create your own rules that will work best with each child. The cards can be chosen by the person telling the story with them or they can be randomly turned up and added in to the story as impromptu.
I’m going to start my grand children out on this game by letting them choose five to eight cards they think they could use in telling their story. A child can even use these cards to write down their story for creative writing exercises. Tell Tale has 4 variations of games written in the instructions that may be played alone or in teams of 2.
Here is my story with cards I randomly chose from the deck.
Aunt Bertha was always sitting in front of that crystal ball confident that she had the power to tell the future. Her nephew John humored her by listening to her predictions that never came true.
“I see in my crystal ball that by the end of the day you will find something valuable when you discover something you view as disgusting.”
That doesn’t even make sense thought John but smiled and thanked his aunt as he ran off to the motel cafe to get one of their famous hamburgers.
He made it before the lunch crowd arrived and was able to enjoy it in peace. It was delicious as always and he chuckled at his aunts prediction. Nothing disgusting here and he sure found something he wanted.
Heading home he jogged home to avoid getting too wet from the rain that was beginning to fall. As he cut across an empty lot to take a short cut home he took a side step to avoid a stray dog that approached him for a pat.
“No pat today rover”, said John, “I don’t want to get wet” Then it happened! He felt a squish!
John looked accusingly at the dog and then at his shoe
“Disgusting!” he said as he began to wipe his shoe off on the grass holding on to a tree for balance. It was then he saw something purple in the weeds.
He reached for it and saw it was a national lottery ticket for $10,000.000. Egads! he thought Aunt Bertha’s prediction came true!
Great game with a lot of creative building skills you can use to boost your child’s imagination!
This game is included as a prize with the Spot It Game Giveaway.
Here is the link to enter so you and your kids can be more creative this summer. You never know you may have the next famous stand up comedian or a great author in your house and Tell Tale may help unleash it.
This game is included in the Giveaway posted here with the Spot It Game from Blue Orange too. Go there to enter to win!