‘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:
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)
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.
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.
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.
When we play with
them I usually start the story. “Once upon a time there was a taxi driver named
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.