Story Cubes for Young Readers

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Story Cubes for Young Readers

Rebecca from Thirteen Red Shoes is with us today to share a fun activity to share with the little readers in our lives…


Story cubes are such a wonderful way to engage children in a story and to check for comprehension.  Often when children are beginning to read they are so focused on sounding out unfamiliar words that meaning is lost.  Through working together with your little ones you can help them grasp the key concepts of a story in order to maintain comprehension.

The best part is that they are simple to create!

  1. Choose a familiar story and read it together or listen to your child read to you.
  2. After you have read the story use the cube template download to create a story cube.
  3. A cube has six sections and in each one there is enough room for a sentence focusing on the key components of the story.  I chose to focus on the following six areas for a narrative text however you can make your focus what ever you wish.
    • square 1:  title of the story
    • square 2: setting/ scene
    • square 3: characters
    • square 4: beginning
    • square 5: problem
    • square 6: resolution

Books to use initially as your children get used to the cubes could be familiar fairy tales such as:

As they become more familiar with this learning process you could introduce books that they are unfamiliar with in order to gather their level of comprehension.  With older children you could focus on developing character cubes, one face of the cube for each character in the story or chapter book, or scenes from the text which were significant in the theme of the story.  The possibilities are endless.

You can find the cube template here. There is also an online version in which you can direct children to create a story cube online!



Rebecca has a love for travel, the outdoors, and picture books, and enjoys spending her time sourcing delightful educational experiences to share with her two sons.With a background in early childhood and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Tasmania, Rebecca teaches at a private all girls school in Australia. Her passion for the philosophies of Reggio Emilia and Maria Montessori lead Rebecca to Playful Learning many years ago when she first enrolled in the online Playful Learning Spaces workshop.  She shortly became a regular contributor, mainly focusing on children’s literature. Rebecca is currently working on a modern day primer for children, called Alphabet Town under the label bec + georg.



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  1. I like this idea, as I am planning to introduce my kids to the different elements of a story, only problem, I never use this cubes you are talking about. how do you work with them?

    1. in the coming weeks i will try and share a post with a few examples of a finished cube. Essentially it is a paper template and from here you can write on each square, cut out the template and glue together.

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