Story Stones: What are they? How do you play with them? How do I make them?
Our Story Stones are one of our most used & most loved resources. See (most recently) here where we incorporated colour Flash Cards to practice colour recognition, or our favourite Space Stones we used with Felt Board pieces & Galaxy Playdough (+ lots more back in my super early Insta days)!
So what are Story Stones?
Story Stones are essentially a prompt used to create stories. Each stone has a picture prompt – characters (animals, people, etc), scenes (weather, nature, space, etc), objects (household items, food, etc), etc.
You can create sets of Story Stones to follow a scene – e.g. Space (planets, stars, rocket, aliens, moon, etc), a nursery rhyme – e.g. Jack & the Beanstalk (Jack, giant, beanstalk, beans, etc), a book – e.g. The Very Hungry Caterpillar (caterpillar, butterfly, hole-y food, numbers etc).
Which leads me to, How do you play with them?
There are endless possibilities for creative play & stories to be made with Story Stones. Playing with Story Stones allows the opportunity for imaginary play & language development.
You can use Story Stones as prompts to narrate a story or props in creative play! We use our Story Stones along side books & felt board pieces, in rice, pasta or play dough, in the doll house & play kitchen!
To create stories, lay your stones out (either facing up or facing down) & take turns to pick/flip a stone & create a sentence incorporating the picture prompt on the stone.
In the above pic, we added our Story Stones to extend on book reading. A fun way to engage creative (& wandering) minds & keeping those little hands busy whilst reading. Here Mr4 is reading to Miss19m, asking her to find the fruit the Caterpillar ate through on each day of the week.
Here, Mr4 hid some of the stones in a pile of dry rice. He was teaching Miss19m her colours & helping to extend her vocabulary, naming each stone & encouraging her to mimic when she found a hidden stone.
We also brought out our Alphabet Pocket ‘Jewellery Holder’ to practice phonics & letter recognition!
How do I make them?
There are SO many ways to create your own Story Stones. You can paint or draw directly onto stones. Cut, stick & glue pictures from magazines/stickers etc onto smooth stones, either bought or collected from nature.
I often get asked how I made our Story Stones. I used smooth, white glass stones from the garden section of a hardware store. I then painted the images on with acrylic paint & finished with a clear sealer.
Here’s a quick tutorial on how your Kids can make their own Story Stones.
Step 1. Cut paper into small circles to fit stones, ensuring the paper is flat & doesnt over hang the stone.
Step 2. Draw your design/object/character etc.
Step 3. Colour in.
Step 4. Paint the top of the stone with Mod Podge, then stick your image on before adding another layer over the top with Mod Podge to seal.
You don’t have to use stones either, what else can you use?
The ever-creative Shannon from Oh Creative Day made these ‘Story Lids’ using recycled bottle lids! (Perfect use for the collected lids in your ‘one day’ project box!) Shannon used Mod Podge to glue Aussie landscapes from travel magazines & stickers to her ‘Story Lids’! LOVE these, so simple & inexpensive.
I had all the heart-eyes over these gorgeous ‘Story Stumps’ by Mariah of Modern Homestead! Mariah made these as personalised birthday gifts from a tree they had cut down! Such a unique gift right?!
Have you made your own Story Stones? Share a link with us below, we’d LOVE to see yours!