Everywhere I’ve looked lately I’ve seen decorated rocks and story stones. I tried my hand painting some of my own recently and let’s just say…painting is not my talent! I resigned myself to the fact that I would have to buy rather than create story stones when I came across an Instagram story from Casey at Little Life Long Learners (@littlelifelonglearners). She shared a very clever way of decorating stones without needing any artistic skills. I was definitely inspired and want to share that with you.
It is super simple, easy and fun for the whole family! All you’ll need is:
- Mod Podge or PVA Glue (if you use PVA you may want to water it down a little)
- Flat Stones
- Stickers (make sure they’re small enough to fit completely on the stones)
- A small paint brush
Once you know the materials, you can probably guess the process…
- Peel off each sticker and place them on the stones. Make sure you match the stickers to the size of the stones, you don’t want them hanging off the sides.
- Cover the sticker areas and their edges with a layer of Mod Podge/glue.
- Allow the glue to set.
- Coat them a second time.
- Allow to set again.
- Play with and enjoy your beautifully decorated stones!
If you’re not sure what to do with the stones once you’ve decorated them, I have a few suggestions:
Hide and Seek – either in your own backyards or within your community. There are plenty of local Facebook pages dedicated to hiding and finding decorated stones.
Literacy – Ask your child to name the pictures on each stone, ask them how to spell each word. Say rhyming words or list adjectives that can be used to describe the pictures on each stone.
Story Telling – Tell a story by picking up one stone at a time and adding to your story with each new stone. Pick three stones and use them to structure a short story or sentence or choose one stone as the inspiration for a whole story.
Imaginative play – Imagine the fun that could come from having a mini pirate, fairy or dinosaur in your pocket all day!
Rewards – No sugar in these little treats!
Comfort toy – Having a little object to touch and look at throughout the day can be comforting for children feeling low or those with separation anxiety.
If DIY is not your thing but you love the idea of having a set of stones to use then I have you sorted!
The benefits of Flying Sprout Story Stones:
~Each set comes with a task card with plenty of ideas on how to use, play with and enjoy the special stones. Each set of stones can be used for story telling, treasure hunts, imaginative play and much more.
~You can expect a set of clear, vibrant and detailed pictures that will engage your child’s imagination. The lovely images on these story stones are not hand painted which allows for finer details and more vibrant colours.
~The white stones are perfect for little hands to comfortably hold; they are shiny, flat and measure around 38-40mm in length.
What you’ll receive with your order:
~ 8+ different story stones with various pictures
~ 1x transparent zip-lock bag (to keep your stones safe and visible)
~ 1x task card (with ideas on how to make the most of your story stones)
For a limited time you can save 20% on every Story Stone Busy Bag you purchase! Use the code NEWSS20. Head over to the Flying Sprout store now to view the whole range.
NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN UNDER 3
Please be aware these story stones may cause a choking hazard and are therefore not suitable for children under 3 years of age.