Game: Tell Tale, by blue orange
Teaches: Creativity, Thinking Skills, Imagination, speaking and listening skills
Tell Tale comes in a small round tin. The game contains instructions and 60 double sided cards. That is a total of 120 images to use for building stories. The instructions give you some examples of different ways to use the card in building stories. SmartyPants and I usually use these two card in two different ways.
1. I deal 3 cards out to each player (usually just the two of us, but sometimes Daddy plays, too.) Then we take turns picking one of our cards to create a big story together.
2. I deal a 7 or 8 cards to each of us and we each have to tell a story using at least five of the cards.
At first, SmartyPants had a hard time with this. His stories would go something like this: Once upon a time there was a cowboy, and then he saw a boat, and then he saw a key, and then he got a letter. He had a dog named Spot. The End! He’s gotten a lot better, but he still has a way to go.
|This photo shows all of the cards. These are half the pictures you have to work with.|
These are my least favorite cards: A one way sign, a street in the dessert, a lottery ticket, and… I’m not really sure what that last one is supposed to be. Some type of hospital thing? I hate the lottery ticket especially because I don’t want my children to learn about gambling. When we come across these cards, we usually just use the pictures on the other side.
These two cards usually ensure that we end up with some sort of potty humor in our stories. I don’t mind it too much, but some people might. SmartyPants loves telling stories about Poo-ville. The town where everything is covered in poo and everyone smells bad. My husband giggles right along with him. I’m just happy that he thinks learning is fun.
My one year old loves these cards. We use them for vocab practice. Dog! Baby! Potty! She participates by choosing her favorite cards and making me work them into our stories. Tell Tale is definitely one of her favorite games. Overall I would definitely recommend this game to anyone with children ages 4-10. Younger children may enjoy it as well, it depends on the child.
Pros: Fun, Educational, Develops Thinking Skills, Develops Imagination, Portable.
Cons: Potty humor very likely, there are a couple cards I don’t like, and the pictures could possibly get repetitive (we haven’t had this problem yet).
Visit these sites to learn more about the benefits of storytelling with young children.