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.
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
Homemade story stones from Happy hooligans
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
Camping themed story stones from Playdough to Plato
Weather story stones from The craft train
Build-a-face story stones from Where imagination grows
Old MacDonald farm animal story stones from Messy little monster
5 little ducks story stones from Red Ted Art
The gingerbread man story stones from The gingerbread house
What the ladybird heard story stones from Books and babycinos
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.
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