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Imagination Story Cards™ can be used in many ways. They are great for kids and teachers as a way to balance academic learning. Play therapists, art therapists, psychologists, and speech therapists all find this game useful for bringing out the unique qualities of their clients.

These cards are different from regular story cards because they are abstract. Therefore the attempt to see something in the cards stimulates the player’s imagination — and the wonderful result is that each person will see something different. Becoming aware of one’s unique and special imagination is an empowering experience.

Ways to Play:
Imagination Story Cards can be played by 1 to 4 people or a group of up to 32 people. Shuffle the deck, and lay the deck face down. The first person draws a card and describes what he or she sees. The next person draws a card and does likewise. Players may examine the cards in all different directions until they see something. The game continues until all the cards are drawn. It’s fun for the rest of the players to look at the card after each participant describes what he or she sees. You will discover that what others see may not be what you see. This game also can be used to brainstorm for writing a story. Players contribute to the story by sharing what they see in their cards. Creative and playful stories are often the result. Use your imagination; the ways to play this game are limitless.

Story Cards in a Story Telling Class
These cards are great for stimulating the right side of the brain. They are about brainstorming and thinking outside of the box.

Divide into groups of 4. Takes turns seeing what you see in the cards. Don't think too hard, just say what immediately comes to mind. Be as outrageous as you want to be. Use the cards like a talking stick. When a person is saying what they see, no one else talks. You'll be surprised what others see in the cards that you hadn't seen yourself.
Spend 10 minutes going around in a circle saying what you see. Everyone write down what is said by each person in the group so you can remember later. Say what pops into your mind. Do this fast and without trying to be logical.
Now spend 10 minutes alone, considering what information you wrote down and how it can be a story. • Now spend 10 minutes back with the group coming up with a story from all that was written down and from the ideas you had when you were alone.
Now choose a member of your group to tell the story to the other groups. The purpose of this activity is to be spontaneous, not to come up with a perfect story.

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