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!
I’ve seen story stones made with a variety of materials, including:
- acrylic paint
- fabric collage
- magazine collage
- Sharpie oil-based paint pens
- 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 Telling Stones (on Emily Neuburger)
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 is wonderful.
How to Paint and Play with Story Stones
(Note: This was on Paint on the Ceiling, which is no longer available. But as you can see from the photo above, you can draw or paint simple images on each rock to represent various story elements.)
Combine Simple Story Stones with Sidewalk Chalk Scenes (on Inner Child Fun)
Make Your Own Story Stones with Magazine Collage (on Mommy Labs)
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.
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 Thrive 360 Living (she has made lots of wonderful sets!) but you can also just search for “story stones.”
Have you made story stones? What technique did you use?
And if you like rocks as much as we do, you might also enjoy our other Artful Parent rock-related posts:
- Art with Rocks: 18 Ways to Use Rocks in Kids Art
- Making Learning Fun (With Rocks!)
- 10 DIY Outdoor Games To Make With Rocks
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