Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Imagidice from Timberdoodle Review {1st Grade Curriculum Kit}

Today we are going to take a closer look at one of the language arts components in our 1st Grade Elite Curriculum Kit from Timberdoodle, Imagidice.  I absolutely love the concept of these dice.  They are designed to inspire imaginative storytelling without the burden writing, spelling, etc. so they are great for younger children.  They are a huge hit here in our home!

Our Imagidice
What's included with Imagidice?  Our set contains 12 unique dice, a sturdy storage tin and a guidelines booklet for how-to-play.  Each dice has six unique images that are etched onto each face and then painted black to add to their durability.  So this gives you 72 different images.  I like the black and white contrast as it makes the pictures easy to recognize.

Each of the 12 dice corresponds to a theme:  sky (star, moon, sun, etc.), places (forest, home, mountain, etc.), food (fruits, mushroom, cake, etc.), emotions (love, surprise, sadness, etc.), actions (to walk, to think, to sleep, etc.), fantastic (dragon, ghost, fairy, etc.), human body (mouth, eye, nose, etc.), animals (spider, horse, snake, etc.), hobbies (cooking, music, art, etc.), travel (plane, train, globe, etc.), everyday life (money, ball, bed, etc.) and history (castle, volcano, magnifying glass, etc.).  There are some pictures that are open-ended in that they can trigger multiple associations.  If the kids "see" the dice differently than I do we go along with their interpretation.  I love how creative they can be!

F and G rolling the dice.

How to play?  This game is simple really.  Throw the dice and then along with the other players, come up with a story using the pictures on the dice.  This is not a game with winners or losers and there really aren't any hard and fast rules.  You can use as many or as few dice as you wish.  You can start with just a few dice with younger players until they get the hang of it and then add in more as you go.  This is a fun way to help kids engage their imagination and encourage vocabulary growth and verbal expression while playing.  The game ends when all the dice have been used.  Another fun variant is to use these dice to play memory.  Decide how many dice you want to use and roll them.  Everyone looks at the pictures for a desired amount of time, let's say 30 seconds.  The dice are then hidden and players see how many pictures they remember.

E rolling the dice and getting in on the fun!

Imagidice are geared for ages 4 and up and can be used with 2-12 players.  The average time per game is 20 minutes but I think this can vary greatly.  Imagidice are great for helping kids with problem-solving skills, building vocabulary, and encouraging language and storytelling skills.

This was one of their rolls and they put them in order of the story they created.  Check out the video of the three of them below telling you their story 💓.

Imagidice is part of our Timberdoodle's 1st Grade Curriculum Kit and we highly recommend it!  I'm thankful to have this as one of our homeschool resources and we will definitely continue to use them throughout this school year.  This would also make a unique and educational gift as well.

Extra ideas for playing Imagidice

In the First Grade Handbook (included in our kit), there are lots of ideas for additional uses for Imagidice.  I really appreciate these extra suggestions for using our Imagidice in various ways.

Disclosure:  Huge shout out to Timberdoodle for selecting me as a Timberdoodle Blogger.  I will be refunded the purchase price of our curriculum kit in exchange for my honest reviews.  All opinions are my own.


Chris and Dawn said...

Looks like a neat product!

Annette said...

OH! I have story dice. They are a very neat product and leave so much to the imagination.