Playing Visual Thinking Games with Story Cubes

In this episode of Sketchnote School we play a game to help you build your visual vocabulary using Rory’s Story Cubes!

Want to play along with us? Pick up your own set of cubes here.

Here’s a breakdown of the rules:

The Results

– Round 1 –

– Round 2 –

– Round 3 –

– Round 4 –

– Final Score (Doug wins!) –

Some Reflections

  • Two minutes felt like the right amount of time for each round.
  • Interesting dynamic to pay attention to: how much time and effort you put into the drawing vs the word associations.
  • How directly does this skill (visual to word) help with sketchnoting (which is typically word to visual)?

Your Turn

Now it’s your turn to give this Story Cubes game a try! Maybe even add your own alterations to it in order to make it even better. If you do that, let us know.

Also let us know if you enjoyed this format and would like to see us test out other visual thinking games on camera. We’d be happy to oblige 🙂




Want To Dig Deeper?

If you’re new to the idea of sketchnoting and excited to develop more visual thinking tools, I think you’d enjoy our foundational course An Introduction To Visual Note-Taking.

If you’re an educator interested in bringing visual note-taking into your classroom, check out Sketchnoting In The Classroom.

If you’d like to make sketchnoted videos like the one you saw here, we’ve got a course for that too! Check out How To Make Sketchnote Videos.

And if you want to create new personal and professional opportunities by sharing the authentic journey of your skill development online, check out Learn In Public.