It’s hard to believe that the blog is now 4 years old. Time really has flown. If you’ve been with me for most of blog’s journey then you will know that Monkey has often struggled to communicate at the same level as his peers. He turned 7 in December, he’s come a very long way over the last couple of years, but he’s still a lot more reserved than a lot of children his age. I’m always looking for ways to help him express himself verbally and the Brain Box Story Cards are the latest addition to my language toolbox.
For younger children it is suggested that they select 2 cards and make simple sentences and give the characters and animals names. If I’d had these Brain Box Story Cards sets when Monkey was 3 I’d have been using them as word prompts to try and help him to tell me what the different characters were.
We’d have then moved on to making stories, using the cards as prompts. The instructions for both the Fantasy and Adventure sets suggests shuffling the cards in each category (colour coded) and then picking 3 from across the ranges to make up a story. I thought that’s how we’d start, but Monkey had other ideas. He got the idea of the Brain Box Story Cards straight away and apparently 3 cards wasn’t enough for him.
The cards feature all manner of animals, characters, actions and objects, meaning that stories really can go anywhere. I love things put children in charge, and the Brain Box Story Cards sets really do that. There is no wrong or right, the story line is totally in their hands. Children could play together, taking it in turns to move the story forward as a card is picked, or like us, we worked on a story together.
I’ve been really impressed with these sets, we’ve worked through a number of story ideas over the last few weeks and Monkey isn’t at all bored with them. The Brain Box Story Cards sets are perfect for taking on car and plan journeys and the ideal size for a handbag or suitcase. They get a big thumbs up here. Priced at £4.99 per set, you can find your local stockist information over on the Brain Box website.
disclosure: we were sent the items mentioned in exchange for an honest review
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