Another Story Cube resource

I don’t usually go shopping: not outside of bookstores and toyshops. But Christmas is that time of year when it is virtually impossible to resist a visit to the ‘Centre’, that megafactory of brash and undisguised consumerism. Hate it all you like but it’s a magnet that draws even the most resistant of the species.… Read More

Story Cubes: great way to start a story

I was browsing in a local toyshop today [an independent shop not one of the chains], and chanced across Rory’s Story Cubes. I was hooked immediately. A cute little box, beautifully crafted, with a magnetic catch flip lid on the narrow edge. It just enticed one to look inside. And inside? Nine dice-like cubes, each… Read More

Collecting toys and games for Therapeutic Life Story Work

Every practitioner will be building up their own resources for use with children and their carers. Play informs this work, so it’s necessary to have a range of items available, suitable for different ages. Not that one need be ageist about this: there is, after all, a child within each of us… One of my… Read More

I can’t draw

A common enough declaration from an adult [young or older] when asked to make some marks on paper. In Therapeutic Life Story, we engage with people through playful activities, using a roll of paper [wallpaper] as the means. It can often be a challenge to motivate older children or teenagers to start the process, perhaps… Read More

Amazing Rocket Ship: Come on a Creative Journey

A year or so ago I devised this scenario to use as a group exercise. It is based on my fascination and delight in space rockets and the Universe in general, fertile ground for imaginative play. I have not yet had cause to use it in practice, but I share it here freely. Here’s the… Read More