Story Cubes for Young Readers

June 12, 2014

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!


The name Thirteen Red Shoes came about a few years ago when Rebecca needed a business name quickly for some tutoring she was doing. She was a fan of red shoes at the time and her husband’s favorite number is 13, so Thirteen Red Shoes was born. Rebecca and her husband, along with their two little boys live in Australia—The island state of Australia to be precise, so it is not always glorious sunshine, and days at the beach. The climate is rather rugged and fresh and made up of four fabulous seasons, which Rebecca and her family would not exchange for anything. It is the perfect place to raise little ones.

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  1. Monique B said on June 12, 2014 #

    I love this fun idea!

    • rebecca said on June 18, 2014 #

      it is so simple yet so open ended and creative. Perfect activity for all ages.

  2. Georgina said on June 12, 2014 #

    Such a great idea!! Let’s create new stories!

  3. Denisse said on June 12, 2014 #

    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?

    • rebecca said on June 18, 2014 #

      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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