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5 Story Stones Ideas: Storytelling with Rocks

by Jean Van't Hul
May 15, 2014

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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