DIY Story Stones

Story time is so magical as a child, so easy to get lost in a tale. My four year old especially loves when we tell stories, not just read them in books; it has always been part of our bedtime routine that she pick a character and theme and then we make up a story to go along with it. To expand on our storytelling I started looking into story stones. After reading more about them, I loved the idea that before children can fully verbalize or write their thoughts, they were still able to tell a story. I decided I was going to make a DIY set of story stones!

Our first set of stones I went with a fairytale theme. I included the following elements:

  • Characters- Princess, Knight, Fairy Mermaid, Unicorn
  • Setting- Castle, Water, Rainbow
  • Conflict-Dragon, Potion
  • Resolution- Magic Wand, Spell Book, Magic Beans

To say these were a hit would be an understatement, Lily absolutely adores the stones. I instantly started creating different sets. My original plan was to have each set stored individually but I then realized how fun the stories could become with various elements. I added space, medical, weather, and emotion themed sets to our basket of stones. I will tell you the basket is quite heavy but it keeps Lily entertained for so long.

How the stones work is pretty straight forward. We keep ours in a basket and if I am telling a story to the kids I enjoy picking a stone at random and making the story up as we go; Lily likes to hand select her stones and tell her story. An example of a story is written below this next photo.

Once there was a little girl with golden blonde hair that couldn’t wait to go to the beach, but suddenly it started to storm. Although the girl was disappointed, she decided to read a story. In the story there was a strong princess that went on an adventure following clues on a map to find a beautiful rainbow. When she arrived at the rainbow she met the friendliest dragon and went on more adventures with her new friend.

This is a great way to shake things up when children are having a hard time. The stones can be used to be silly or they can be used to express true feelings and frustrations. They are such a great resource to have in our playroom. How I made them was rather easy. I opted to use permanent markers versus paint. I knew I would have more control with a marker than I would a paintbrush. I do intend to seal these at some point but for now, I keep them away from my little guy so he does not put them in his mouth.

Whats Needed:

  1. Stones
  2. Permanent Markers

I opted to purchase my stones for the purpose to time. The set I used can be found here under the homeschool category.

How To:

  1. Decide on a theme
  2. Establish your character stones
  3. Establish your setting stones
  4. Establish conflict stones
  5. Establish resolution stones
  6. Draw each picture and play!

One thought on “DIY Story Stones

  1. These look like so much fun!! what a great activity to make them and tell stories with them!

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