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5 Story Stones Ideas: Storytelling with Rocks


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 a variety of materials, including:

(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 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.

Story Stones Ideas - Painted Story Stones

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.)

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)


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 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:

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Story Stones Ideas - 5 Ways to Make and Use Story Stones with Kids


  • Reply
    Susan Dieter-Robinson
    May 15, 2014 at 10:48 am

    This is how our community is using rocks…we are making them into Love Rocks and spreading Love in Joy.

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    Angela @CreatifulKids
    May 15, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Oh..I really need to get some stones!

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    Sam @ Thrive 360 Living
    May 15, 2014 at 11:14 am

    What a great round up of story stones ideas! The possibilities are really endless. And thank you for including my fairytale painted stones :).

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    May 21, 2014 at 7:12 am

    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…

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      Denise Heinle
      January 25, 2018 at 8:44 am

      Dollar stores have them.. but you have to boil them or soak them in hot water and soap and take the polish off of them to make the paint work. They are really cheap. If you have access to white.. base coat them in black .

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    anon m
    May 23, 2014 at 9:06 pm

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

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    November 13, 2014 at 12:04 am

    I made a set painted as the planets and sun in our solar system :).

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    January 12, 2015 at 7:53 am

    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

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    February 20, 2015 at 4:03 am

    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,

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    karen lowrie
    February 22, 2015 at 5:06 am

    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

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