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Make your own story stones

Story stones are props that are used to create or retell stories.  They may be used to represent the characters (eg people, animals), settings (eg the beach) and objects (eg food, houses, transport) in the stories.

Kids can use story stones to:

  • tell their own stories based on a particular theme, eg going to the beach, and/or to fit into a scene they have drawn or painted
  • add to their play with other props, eg building blocks, dollhouses, play kitchens, small world play, sensory bins
  • learn about weather, colours, numbers, letters, words, shapes
  • learn about different emotions
  • act out nursery rhymes
  • retell fairy tales and stories from their favourite books

You can get kids to write down the stories they make up and copy the pictures from the story stones as their illustrations.  Using story stones in kids’ creative play helps develop their imagination, language skills and emotional intelligence.

You can make story stones by drawing or painting straight onto stones, or stick on pictures from magazines/catalogues, stickers or fabric scraps, then seal them so they will last.  You can either buy the stones from craft stores or landscape suppliers, or collect them on a nature walk.  You can also make a simple bag to keep them in at home, take them with you when you’re out and about, or give as a fun present.

make your own story stones

Here are some of our favourite ideas for creating and using story stones.

How to make and play with story stones from A crafty living

story stones how to make

Homemade story stones from Happy hooligans

homemade story stones

Story stones and sidewalk scenes from Inner child fun

Sea themed story stones from Crafts on sea


Handmade pirate story stones from Just for Daisy

pirate story stones

Camping themed story stones from Playdough to Plato


Weather story stones from The craft train

weather stones

Build-a-face story stones from Where imagination grows


Old MacDonald farm animal story stones from Messy little monster

story stones old mcdonald

5 little ducks story stones from Red Ted Art

5 little ducks stones

The gingerbread man story stones from The gingerbread house

gingerbread man story stones

What the ladybird heard story stones from Books and babycinos

what the ladybird heard

Have you and your kids ever made story stones before?

We would love to see their creations – just post pics to Facebook or Instagram with #littlegreencrafters. 🙂

We have more story stones ideas on our Pinterest page here.

This post is part of a series featuring rock painting and decorating.  Click on the links below for more.

Sharing kindness with painted rocks

Outdoor play with painted rocks

Fun and friendly painted rocks


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