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5 Ways to Make and Use Story Stones

We’ve done a lot of rock arts and crafts in our home, but we have yet to make story stones. It’s on our activity list for this afternoon, though, and I can’t wait!

In preparation, I’ve collected a few resources and posts with story stones ideas…

There are so many ways to make story stones!

This post contains affiliate links.I’ve seen story stones made with acrylic paint, fabric collage, magazine collage, Sharpie oil-based paint pens, and Sharpie permanent markers.

(I haven’t decided which way to do it ourselves yet. Probably acrylic paint. But really, I want to try them all.)

And the sky’s the limit in terms of the items you depict on your stones. Or how you use your story stones to tell a story.

5 Story Stones Ideas

Story Stones Ideas and Show Me a Story Book

Story Telling Stones (on Red Bird Crafts). Emily Neuburger is also the author of the popular book, Show me a Story: 40 Craft Projects and Activities to Spark Children’s Storytelling, which I haven’t read yet but would like to.

Story Stones Ideas - Painted Story Stones

How to Paint and Play with Story Stones (on Paint on the Ceiling)

Story Stones Ideas - Story Stones with Sidewalk Scenes

Combine Simple Story Stones with Sidewalk Chalk Scenes (on Inner Child Fun)

Story Stones Ideas - Story Stones as a Party Activity on Mommy Labs

Make Your Own Story Stones with Magazine Collage (on Mommy Labs)

Story Stones Ideas - Mix and Match Faces and Expressions

Mix and Match Rock Faces (on Teach Beside Me). These last ones aren’t technically story stones, but could easily be used for storytelling and for talking about feelings and expressions.

If you’re looking for ideas on how to use your story stones, check out these story stone task cards, written for use in a classroom, but great for home as well.

Story Stones Ideas - Story Rocks on Etsy

By the way, if you like the idea of story stones, but don’t want to make your own, there are some amazing ones available on Etsy. I especially like these fairy tale story stones by Thrive360Living (she has lots of cool sets available) but you can also just search for “story stones.”

Have you made story stones? What technique did you use?

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  1. Tara says

    Where do you find the black rocks? We live in So California and I can’t say I’ve ever seen any in these parts…

  2. anon m says

    Not the same as picturesd above, but you can get a mesh bag of smooth black rocks from the dollarstore.

  3. Caroline says

    We collected stones and painted them but I only had water based paints-tempera I think. The colours aren’t vivid enough. We loved it though so will be doing more prob with sharpies. The painting was difficult for my 5 & 2 yr olds. More likely to get recognisable pictures for play with pens I think

  4. Susan says

    I followed you here from Tinkerlab and realized that it was your book the Artful Parent that I recently purchased. In fact I purchased three copies! I am a preschool art teacher and a Gramma and find your book inspirational and helpful, Of course, now I’m following you: I don’t want to miss a thing!!
    Thanks for a ll the great ideas,

  5. karen lowrie says

    i originally got the idea for story stones from Happy Hooligans, i collected some stones and decided to draw pictures onto sticky labels, drew and colored the pictures and stuck them onto the stones them covered with some varnish. i made the stones about 3 years ago and apart from a couple of broken ones they are still looking good, the children at playgroup love them, thank you so much for the idea. Karen