Happy Boxing Day!
Here is the link to a product/toy that encourages the kind of creative storytelling I described in my previous post:
It's a set of nine cubes about the size of board game dice, and one of those tiny plastic hourglasses. Each side of each cube has a little graphic on it : an elf, a house, a cell phone, a flower, a sad face, etc., for a total of 54 sides and...I don't know how many combinations. Lots.
You roll the cubes and then make up a story in which every image appears. Which is nice because you don't need to be able to read or write to play.
So: Once upon a time, there was an elf who was sad because he lost his cell phone. He looked all over his house, but couldn't find it anywhere. One day, a magic talking flower appeared...and so on.
There are different versions which feature different themes: "Enchanted", "Actions", "Voyages", for example, and the instructions, after laying out the official rules, encourage players to make up their own rules--gotta love that.