Tuesday, 1 December 2015

DIY Story Stones

Our 22 month old daughter has recently discovered the pure joy of Story Stones. We have had hours of (supervised) play; matching, sorting, telling the cutest short stories and lots and lots of holding as many stones in her hands she can! Her favourite stones are dog, cat, moon, mummy and rocket. We recently had a two sentence story about a cat and a monster going in a rocket! What I've noticed about using the Story Stones with such a young child (previously, in my work, the stones have been used aged 5+) is how good they are for developing vocabulary and for categorising games. We've having lots of fun together!

We are very excited about Christmas this year, as our little one is starting to understand the magic of Christmas. We have invested in a special advent calendar that we can adapt each year. This year, we have a Christmas activity written on a little scroll and placed in each drawer, and (because she loves them so much) I spent an evening making Story Stones for our daughter to also add to each drawer. 

Christmas activities include everything from:

  • making Christmas cards
  • making Christmas biscuits
  • wearing her Christmas jumper to nursery
  • family Christmas sing-a-long
  • watching a Christmas movie
  • An act of kindness
  • Family theatre trip
  • Seeing Father Christmas etc
For her Story Stones, I went retro and made them in the way I made them many years ago when I first started developing my own Story Stones. I thought you might appreciate a little show and tell of the materials I use to make my own story stones right here at home. 

You'll need:
  • stones (I always opt for a polished white stone - normally glass or porcelain - because they are so wonderfully smooth and tactile)
  • rubber stamps (all shown in the image are by StampinUp!)
  • Ink (I use Stazon so the ink doesn't bleed)
  • Colouring Pens (my favourites are Promarkers and Copics)
  • Varnish (and here's my trade secret…Glossy Accents make a brilliant finish)
  • Scissors
  • White Card
Simply stamp the images you want onto plain white card, colour, cut and stick on to the stones using a dab of Glossy Accents. Cover the image in a light layer of Glossy Accents and leave to dry for a good 12-24 hours. Ta-da! Your very own set of Story Stones!

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