How to make story stones

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.

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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.

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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.

Becky x

 

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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.

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4 Comments

  1. August 5, 2016 / 10:10 am

    What a great idea. I love how you can re-use them again and again and create a different story every time, and how lovely to be able to add to your collection whenever you feel like a bit of nature craft. Fab activity for the Summer holidays too!

    • admin
      August 10, 2016 / 8:37 pm

      Aw thankyou

  2. August 10, 2016 / 12:29 pm

    I love your use of the story stones, inspiring everyone to add to the story. The footprint is so cute!

    • admin
      August 10, 2016 / 8:36 pm

      thankyou

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