Story stones

I am taking no credit whatsoever for this idea as it was entirely inspired by Valerie and a post she wrote on her Frugal Family Fun Blog. Ever since I saw her story stones idea I have been dying to try it out as I knew B & L would love them. So making the most of our trip to the beach the girls and I collected a few smallish, flat pebbles to make our own set of story stones when we got home.

using stones in play

We used pencil crayons and felt pens to decorate our stones and used the shape of the stones to suggest some characters.

The illustrated stones have now moved into our fairy garden and the girls have spent a happy afternoon playing out stories with them. Make sure to pop over to the Frugal Family Fun Blog to see how Valerie added some extra play-factor to her set.

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  1. says

    How lovely! We have stones over our way this week too!! But AS Red Ted painted, they are “just” yellow and white and blue.. but we had great fun with googly eyes and all the postitions you can put them in!

    Love the idea of story stones. Story telling so important!!!

    We also have some story cubes I made for Red Ted, but you will have to wait til later in the year, as they have gone into a London Mums Magazine first :-)

    M xx

  2. says

    You did a great job with them! We should try those someday. I remember seeing them on Valerie’s blog too. It’s nice when you see people’s ideas put to good use. That’s what this blogging thing is all about. :) This is our first week linking up to Preschool Corner.

  3. says

    Very cute, I like Valerie’s ideas too. I hadn’t seen that post, do you have to cover the rocks with anything to keep the designs from washing off?

    • Cathy @ NurtureStore says

      Yes The Katies, if you’ve used crayons you’d need to varnish them if you really want them to last, especially for playing outdoors. We like the temporary nature of them so the girls can draw more.

  4. says

    A couple weeks back, my son was playing at the beach with rocks, calling them sharks, whale fins and all manner of things. Another four year old came up and said, No, they are just rocks!” I could not help but to interject, “But with imagination they can be so much more…” Oh, to do your story stones with that little boy!

    • Cathy @ NurtureStore says

      Martianne – I did have to remind my husband – as we loaded up the car with shells, driftwood and pebbles – that anything can be a toy! 😉

  5. says

    Those are amazing! We might have to give those a try during our fall theme week!

    I found you through ABC and 123! Fun blog you have here!

  6. says

    You are making me wish for stones, as I tried this with shells and paint and it didn’t really work out so well. Or maybe if I just changed to the pencil crayons and felt pens? I will have to see what supplies I have then maybe try again :)

    • Cathy @ NurtureStore says

      Amandab, we had the same problem getting some pebbles until we went to the beach – funny to think that they’re hard to come across!

  7. Tarah says

    For non-artsy people you can have your kids cut small pictures out of magazines. Use midge podge to glue them on and they last a long time!

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