Create a Story Cards
This simple card game is a great way to foster your child’s imagination and build literacy skills. The game has several variations, but our favorite is this: Each player takes turns picking a random card. The first person starts a story with “Once upon a time…” and then on the next turn, the next person uses their card as inspiration to add to the story. The stories we come up with as a family always leave us giggling!
Age Range: 3 and up
Time to Play: 5-15 minutes
Number of Players: 2 or more
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This simple card game is a great way to foster your child’s imagination and build literacy skills.
The game has several variations, but our favorite is this: Each player takes turns picking a random card. The first person starts a story with “Once upon a time…” and then on the next turn, the next person uses their card as inspiration to add to the story.
The stories we come up with as a family always leave us giggling. Even my toddler loves to play!
What’s especially great about this game is you have several versions to choose from, and to kick it up a notch you can even mix different sets together.
This game also makes for a fun travel game to take along on road trips or plane rides.
From the Manufacturer
Use this beautifully illustrated visual card set to create your own stories. Recurring characters, locations, and props encourage linking the cards in endless combinations for fresh, new stories every time you play. You can play individually or in a group, or you can make up your own way to play!
Fairytale Mix-Ups: Arrange these charming fairy tale characters, locations, and iconic objects to create logical and/or hilarious tales. Kids will build critical thinking skills when they devise a way to incorporate a fire-breathing dragon and a flask of magic potion into their tale of a clever boot-wearing cat.
Animal Village: Join the animals in this village as they dance, sing, and play.
Mystery in the Forest: Storytellers will find plenty of images to develop a mystery and solve it, too. Will they connect the squirrel eavesdropping on chipmunks with the squirrel hiding golden coins under his acorns? Which happened first?
Volcano Island: Create a story with these fun illustrations of children exploring an island and encountering adventures along the way.
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|Dimensions||5.25 × 4.125 × 1 in|
3 and up
|Time to Play||
|Number of Players||
2 or more
|Pick Your Set||
Fairytale Mix-Ups, Animal Village, Mystery in the Forest, Volcano Island
Rachel Patzer –
My kids (Ages 4 and 6) love this game and it’s been a favorite of ours! This is the game we always bring with us on our travels because it’s small and entertains over and over again. The game really inspires a lot of creative storytelling by getting kids to think of various plots by viewing the characters and images in the cards. I think I have inspired some young writers because after we play this the kids often want to write their own stories! Highly recommend.
We had the Mystery in the Forest version. Beautiful illustrations and good quality cards. It was ok - teaches kids how to use their imaginations but... my 5 year old did not enjoy it too much. Ended up giving it away after a few months of trying to make her enjoy it.
These are great cards for story telling! We've even taken them to family parties with the intention of the kids practicing public speaking, but the adults have ended up telling hilarious stories. It's a fun game to play together, everyone taking turns to tell the story. It's also great for improv when I pick cards randomly for the kids as they tell the story. We definitely recommend this. The artwork is cute and it's a great way to get creative with the kids!
A new story every time! We usually split up cards, then take turns telling the story we created. I love how it gets my kids' creative juices flowing. There are more story decks from this company too!
A parent –
This little game is quick, easy, and fun! You pick a card, say "Once upon a time...", and let your child fill in the details. Then you can ask follow-up questions like "and then what happened?" until they peter out. I love that this requires minimal brainpower from me when I'm tired (which is always) and my daughter LOVES coming up with the stories. Great for her imagination!