DIY Story Stones: Toddler Gift

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DIY Story Stones

‘Tis the season for gift giving.  It can sap the life right out of a person.

Which is why I present to you parents of little people……Story Stones.  Here’s why they’re awesome:

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Collecting the stones last summer.

1.  They are a gift that keeps on giving.

2.  They are fun to collect with your kids. (Shopping is NOT fun to do with your kids)

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Telling a story.

3.  They encourage creativity.

4.  They’re virtually free.

5.  You can customize them to your child’s interests.

6.  You can make them yourself.

If you happen to live near a river you’re in good shape to go ahead and start this project.  If not, you’ll have to find another area to collect some large flat rocks.  Summer 2013 001

This step was a bit difficult in my part of Southern Maryland but I managed to get some small flat rocks from the Chesapeake Bay.  I was only able to find a dozen that were large enough but it’s a start.  In case you can’t find very many remember you can also use the backs.

Next, invest in a jar of Mod- Podge- the glue/adhesive that can be found at Michael’s and other craft stores.

Then, cut out magazine pictures or find stickers your child would find interesting.  Generic things might work best- they allow for more creativity.

Apply the pictures/images to the stones with the Mod-Podge as if it were glue.  Wait for it to dry then seal over the top of it with the Mod-Podge.  When mine dried they were still a bit sticky but after a few weeks it went away.

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Side story intersecting the main story.

Finally- the fun part.  Make up stories with your kid!  The use of the stones makes it easier for them to come up with ideas about what happens next.  You can lay them out in a line as the story gets longer.  If there is a side story about one of the characters you can have it intersect your main storyline.

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Placing a story.

When we play with

them I usually start the story.  “Once upon a time there was a taxi driver named

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Getting organized.

Rosie.”  My daughter will place the next stone, “Her favorite thing to do was read books.”  My turn- “While she read she ate bananas and drank lemonade.”

If your child loves to read these might be a big hit- my daughter LOVES them.

If your child does not love to read, perhaps they would consider this a fun alternative.

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4 thoughts on “DIY Story Stones: Toddler Gift

  1. So I was planning to make a set of story stones for my boys this year because Mary Patterson was spot on when she declared that we are living parallel lives. Out here in Montana, we’re under about a foot of snow, and the high for the past the days was -3 degrees. Hunting for river rocks on the bank of the Madison this week seems like a good way to get frost bite. River rocks are a super common landscaping feature in our neighborhood–people use them instead of mulch. Is it immoral of me to borrow one rock from 10 different front yards? I’m trying to decide if this is a shady way to go.

    • Well yes, I suppose it isn’t really rock hunting weather in your neck of the woods. In the spirit of Robin Hood I think borrowing a few rocks is just fine. As long as you get them in the dead of night dressed in black- at least make an adventure out of it;)

  2. Hi Hon, For some reason, it just brings tears to my eyes to see Pepper playing with her story stones…. what a great idea! I might copy it for therapy (sequencing & expressive lang.). I already have a big bucket of rocks! Love, Mom Date: Fri, 6 Dec 2013 20:00:02 +0000 To: paulnplum@hotmail.com

  3. Hi Kristi, I saw this idea on Pinterest and loved it. I went to the craft store and bought a little bag of clean, smooth river rocks. I am going to paint pictures on them and place them in a little bag (like a marble bag) and on the outside thought I’d write “My Story Rocks”. A gift for one of my grandkids!! I’m glad to see that Pepper likes them too!
    Aunt Pat

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