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"The Story Game" ignite imaginations!

A simple, picture story-telling game. Fun for adults and kids, 1-5 players. Encourage speech, memory, attention & many other skills

"The Story Game" ignite imaginations!

A simple, picture story-telling game. Fun for adults and kids, 1-5 players. Encourage speech, memory, attention & many other skills

£20
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, August 8 2017 12:25 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated August 8, 2017

About

I am raising funds to publish 500 sets of ‘The Story Game’ playing cards- a game I designed and play with my students.

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The funds will cover printing and packaging costs plus a small amount going towards the recreation of the original artwork currently used. My aim is to distribute “The Story Game” amongst families with children aged between 3 and 16 and to local schools.

These sales will raise enough money to continue the cycle of printing further packs and I am hoping this initial process will gain “The Story Game” recognition and popularity for its fun, vibrant and successful approach to learning. I have been playing this game for over 2 years and it has been enjoyed by lots of my students plus plenty of friends and other adults. I am pursuing the publication of this game- not just because I absolutely love playing it and think others will too! But because through my work as a private tutor I have seen the difference playing this game makes to learning, confidence and development in children (and adults alike).

I was working as a HLTA at a mainstream primary when I was put in charge of developing four 9-year olds’ creative writing skills. I wanted to make these lessons, more, well creative. I wanted to give them the opportunity to invent a story, from start to finish, without having to write anything down (that’s the part they hated!) all in under 10 minutes. And so I created “The Story Game.” Except it wasn’t called that then- it wasn’t called anything back then.

Imaginative, fantasy-based characters
Imaginative, fantasy-based characters

Picking a card in turn and in order we used the pictures to introduce characters, set a scene and tell a mini story. The boys loved it and each of them wrote a few sentences about their own story- they were having fun and didn’t seem to notice they were working and learning along the way! It was a continued success and using “The Story Game” within 3 of our 20 minute sessions they’d all managed to write their first complete story with a beginning, middle and end!

"The Story Game" cards in action
"The Story Game" cards in action

The game is completely versatile in terms of how much extra work a child does alongside the actual playing of it. Play it ‘just for fun’ without any written add-ons, which incidentally is still brilliant for focus, attention, memory and speech skills. Or use the included instruction sheet which lists a number of further activities that can be completed alongside the game concentrating on writing, spelling, punctuation, grammar and more.

One piece of “The Story Game” feedback that still stands out to me as an important reason to want to get this game into the mainstream was from a dad who told me that because of his dyslexia he doesn’t read with his child but “The Story Game” gives him the chance to do a similar thing without the tricky words and sentences. They can share a story, creating it independently or between them and there’s no pressure or stress.

"The Story Game" cards in their columns
"The Story Game" cards in their columns

I have 2 basically made prototypes of "The Story Game" which I regularly use with my students. I have been gradually building on the pack of pictures to keep students interested and to allow variation. I can’t think of one student who hasn’t enjoyed playing it- and many ask if they can play "The Story Game" hence its name.

I often use playing “The Story Game” as a treat at the end of a session and I can still include lots of learning and development opportunities making it my favourite game to support learning so far. It has already helped so many of the children I have supported with dyslexia, speech and language, ADHD and processing issues plus many other special educational needs. Through using ‘The Story Game’ a child can access story telling more easily, be introduced to new vocabulary and given the chance to practice their own.

Each pack of picture cards contains a selection of colourful characters, interesting scenes, fascinating objects and a range of activities. They are placed face down in the columns character 1, character 2, setting, object of interest and activity and each player takes it in turn to pick 1 card from each column in order.

"The Story Game" cards ready to be played
"The Story Game" cards ready to be played

The player has to pick from character 1, decide their name and describe them, the same for character 2, they must then choose and describe the setting, introduce the object of interest deciding its link into the story and finally the activity which ends the story. If there is more than one player, each time it is your turn you should try to remember and tell your story from the start- and with each card you turn add on a couple of new sentences. Once everyone has turned their 5 cards they should take their turn to recite the whole story from the beginning to end.

An example of one full tale
An example of one full tale

Play it with your children, let children play it together, play it with your friends- it’s a fab and fun icebreaker. The Story Game is a window to learning opportunities- develop communication and speech skills, engagement, attention and focus, memory plus academic skills which can be followed through with further activities.

The Story Game allows imaginations to run wild, and for those who need a little extra the pictures offer important visual prompts; plus the chance to hear how others describe their pictures, how they structure sentences as well as an opportunity to practice their own vocabulary.
The Story Game can be used as a ‘starter’ activity or a ‘warm-up’ for school lessons and homework. It can be used to support planning and structuring a story, descriptive writing, spellings, punctuation and grammar. Along the way the child can be encouraged and prompted into using different describing words or using certain types of sentence structure. Set your own rules or rewards for being able to recite the whole story in one at the end.

It can be played as a family and between siblings. Or amongst friends, and adults, for example, on a vocational course. The stories between adults can be far more extravagant. I had a real laugh playing with some friends and we set silly forfeits for making mistakes or forgetting the story and rewards for the best story.

Cute, fairy tale characters
Cute, fairy tale characters

I aim to run 3 variations of design- 1 set using photographs and 2 using beautiful and imaginative artwork. The packs can be mixed up or added together to bring variation. In the future I will add more and more designs to the line ensuring that the characters, scenarios and fun is endless! Let those imaginations run free! I have found a printing company in my area, which allows me to take an active role in the production of “The Story Game” as I can easily visit and track production. I have also researched packaging allowing it to be a simply boxed product.

Fun, animal characters
Fun, animal characters

The artwork is being created by myself and 2 others and I am confident following a successful KickStarter project “The Story Game” will be in circulation by November- ready for the Christmas gift shopping too!

I am truly excited about the possibilities of this game because this could benefit so many children with their learning by embracing imagination and taking away many common barriers like writing or thinking up the initial idea! Plus perhaps provide an entertaining adult evening of story-telling too! I am interested in setting up a YouTube account and think this would make a brilliant channel for people to share their stories.

The Winstar Way
The Winstar Way

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Albert Einstein.

Risks and challenges

Having thought about the risks involved with my project I have come up with a number of potential problems- but more importantly solutions and contingency plans.

Printing/ production: I will be asking my chosen printer shop for an initial pack of The Story Card games which will allow me to check the quality and that the product is represented properly. Should this not be the case there are a number of printers in my area that I could approach with this task. I have done my research regarding products and prices with a number of printers and feel there are plenty of reputable suppliers to choose from. I think it is important to go with a local company so that I can maintain a very hands on approach in the making and completion of my product.
Artwork: The official artwork is still currently underway. I have 3 artists onboard including myself with the task of designing 60 images plus shooting 30 photographs. There is a low risk of an artist pulling out jeopardising time constraints however I am again involved with this stage plus have 2 other artists that could be asked should they be needed. My current prototypes use free internet images and these provide an idea of the artwork needed. I don’t foresee any genuine concerns regarding the execution of artwork or photographs however I am confident I have the back up needed in this area.
Distribution: When it comes to distributing the product I have lots of contacts in numerous schools throughout Leicestershire supported further by my role as a private tutor. The families I come into contact with provide me with a network of parents to approach with this game. In addition I plan to take part in school fetes and galas selling “The Story Game” alongside my other products and services. The sales made here will fund further production of “The Story Game” and furthermore this should drum up attention spurring future marketing.
Overall I would rate my project as being low-risk. Should a problem occur it could affect the timescale but not the overall production of my game.

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