Share the joys and struggles of life with this intuitive card set
Everyone has a story to share – our narratives help us learn, grow, heal, find meaning and express identity
Storycatching is a wonderful 80 card resource that prompts storytelling in people of all ages. The cards are compact and quirky, perfect for inspiring memories and creative possibilities.
How you use Storycatching will be driven by the individual or group’s purpose, passion, curiosity, and creativity. This versatile set can be used as an icebreaker, a listening tool, creative writing and journaling prompt, or even a memory game.
Storycatching covers a wide range of subject matter and emotional territory, including identity, childhood, aging, heartbreak and much more. It is a simple and easy-to-use resource that requires no special training.
The set is a powerful resource for anyone working with young people or in a training environment, including teachers, youth workers, parents and creative arts therapists. Storycatching is also an excellent tool for enabling users to reflect on thoughts, feelings, memories, and overall attitudes to life.
- Parents and carers
- Social work
- Family services
- Youth services
- Mental Health services
- Team building
- Creative writing
The therapeutic power of stories and storying
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Stories and Reviews
In the classroom with VCE students
‘I am a secondary school English teacher working in a fairly tough Western suburb of Sydney. I’ve tried quite a few resources to inspire the students over the past couple of years but they can be a hard group to get through to. It is very hard to engage the students in writing exercises and even harder to get any verbal feedback.
At the end of last term I introduced the Storycatching cards to my VCE English class and the response took me by surprise. The stories flowed very naturally among the students and they went on to write some wonderfully honest and free-flowing prose about the cards they’d chosen.
One of the ‘quieter’ students—a young girl—wrote a very moving piece inspired by the ‘Where am I?’ card. The double session went very quickly. I’m sure the cards will make another appearance in term three! Thanks for this wonderfully accessible resource.’
Maria Adamson (Camden, NSW)
Storytelling to celebrate!
‘I bumped into an Innovative Resources product recently in a most unexpected place and wanted to let you know what an amazing experience it was. My partner and I were at a friend’s 50th birthday party. Later in the evening, when the time came for speeches etc., our host (the birthday boy’s wife) brought out a set of Storycatching cards. She spread them on the table and asked everyone to choose a card that reminded them of a story about the guest of honour.
There were more than a dozen people sitting around the table and EVERYONE told a story. There was lots of laughter, and even a few tears. Our friend was incredibly moved by the stories people told. Even after the formalities were over, people continued to play with the cards and share stories.
I now have a set of Storycatching cards in my kitchen drawer, and I imagine a few others who were at the party do to. I look forward to exploring more of your cards.’
Gail Shepherd (North Balwyn, Victoria)
Storycatching in the interview room
‘My wife recently bought a set of the new Storycatching cards to use with her Year 8 English class, and I was really impressed with them. So impressed in fact, that I snuck them into my briefcase and took them to work before she’d even had a chance to use them.
We were interviewing for three new positions on our local council and I thought it would be good to try something a little different. I spread a selection of the cards on the table in front of each applicant and asked them to choose a card that reminded them of a funny/stressful/unusual situation that had happened in one of their previous work places. I then asked how they dealt with the situation.
It certainly created some interesting results. Two of the applicants were a lot more relaxed after the exercise, while the other found it bamboozling and was really thrown by something so left of field. It was a real eye-opener and created a whole new dynamic in the interview room. From a HR perspective it was invigorating.
I’m already thinking about the next round of interviews. But unfortunately my wife wants her cards back!’
Chris Francis, HR Manager, Newcastle NSW
Storycatching in the classroom with Year 7 students
‘I thought I’d share with you a fun activity I did with my Year 7 home group.
We used two packs of Storycatching cards, shuffled them and spread them out on the floor to play ‘memory’. The students took turns and each time they matched a pair had to tell a story to the rest of the group based on that card.
We also tried the same thing playing ‘snap’. It was a great activity to get the kids sharing stories. I’ll be trying it out at the Year 7 camp. I think it will be a great ice-breaker. Thanks for a truly versatile set of cards.’
Rebecca Lewin, Secondary Teacher, Ashbury NSW