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What Is Imagidice?
Imagidice is a fun, open-ended game that can be played with all ages. As long as you can talk, you can play. Okay, I may have oversold that a bit. If your toddler can say a few words, they probably aren’t quite ready for this game. Timberdoodle advertises it for ages four and up, and that seems pretty accurate to me.
The consists of twelve Imagidice, with a line drawing (instead of dots or numbers) on each of its six sides. If you haven’t already done that math in your head, that means 72 unique icons or images. These are broken up into loose categories such as body parts, vehicles, foods, etc.
How Do You Play Imagidice?
To play Imagidice, you simply roll the dice, pick one, and start a story. For instance, you might choose the horseshoe icon and start your story out by saying, “Once there live a cowboy in the Arizona desert. He was brave and feared only one thing…snakes”.
Or you might go in a different direction entirely, such as, “Aaron grabbed his lucky horseshoe and shoved it in his pocket as he ran out the door. He was running late for school and already nervous about his big math test”.
Once you are done, the next person chooses an icon and continues the story. You continue like this until all twelve dice have been used. We love the challenge of neatly wrapping up the story with the last die chosen.
The Benefits of Playing Imagidice
Playing imagidice can increase vocabulary, creative thinking (by using the icons in unique ways), and help with storytelling. Playing imagidice allows kids to tell a story without the challenge of handwriting and spelling. Since this game is cooperative, the pressure of storytelling is on everyone playing, not just the child.
Timberdoodle offers these suggestions, “You can keep it simple by rolling just one cube and asking your child to say one thing about what he sees. Or make it much more difficult by including multiple dice and asking your child to describe what the pictures have in common. Add or swap cubes and arrive at different answers, using any aspect of the images”.
Imagidice can be used as a fun icebreaker at parties, or carried along in your bag and used during times when you are just sitting and waiting. The game comes packaged in a sturdy metal container, making it easy to store and transport. This would be great to have on hand while camping or to store in your vehicle for long drives.
Is Imagidice Actually Fun to Play?
We have played this game many times. I love the fact that there are no complicated rules or moves to learn. You just choose a die and start talking. We have played this with Kalina, Judah, Enoch and their friends. The age-gap between Apollo (10) and the adults playing makes no difference in a game like this.
Our family is…how shall I put this…creative with a no-holds-barred point of view when it comes to storytelling. Nearly every story told while playing has included mystery, intrigue, and often murder. One of the fun challenges with this game is you can be telling an amazing story (like the cowboy who is afraid of snakes) when all of a sudden another player completely throws you off by including a medieval castle and princess. You then have not choice but to pivot and try to make the story make sense.
So, yes, we think this game is a ton of fun.