Oh how I love to craft from nature. This week I made my children simple story stones so we could create some simple circle stories together.
These are really simple to make and you can use any medium you like really. You can press on petals, use sharpies, paints or transfers. I used Sharpies because I find them really speedy and mess free ( plus I had some new ones and just HAD to try them out)
I am a very simplistic artist and children really do not care how artistically talented you are so long as you draw something recognisable for the purpose of storytelling.
I made 3 stones because I could only find 3 big and smooth enough in our garden but actually that is just fine. We will add to our story bag over the summer. For our first short story 3 is plenty.
I decided to draw a footstep, a house and a tree. Simple objects are perfect for story creation.
How to make story stones
I simply washed and dried drew on the image and gave the stones a speedy varnish and left them overnight
How to tell stories with story stones
How you use your story stones is up to you there are so many ways to tell stories. i really like to involve the kids. So I will pop the stones in a bag and encourage the to pick one without looking. The picture on the stone is to inspire their section of the story and the object needs to be included.
We then take it in turns to go round and each take a part of the story e.g start middle end. Sometimes we go around lots of times until the story is done but always on our go we include our object.
This is great for the children in terms of creativity and imagination and developing the art of storytelling but most importantly its a lovely fun thing to do together.
cave people did this all the time this painting on rocks business, it is very satisfying! My children are inspired to try making their own next time
Hope you have had a lovely week and had change to get out among nature.
This is my Naturally Crafty post for this week. if you would like to join the linky or see lots more fab nature crafts then head on over to Catherine’s Growing Family blog where it is being hosted this week.