Story stones are an excellent tool to help with reading comprehension. Using story stones allows for kids to re-tell a story, a very important component in comprehension. It also provides opportunities for hands-on learning (our favorite!). My kids love our 3 Little Pigs STEM Challenge so much, so we have created some fun 3 Little Pigs Story Stones to play with as well!
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3 Little Pigs Story Stones
Painted rocks are so popular, and for good reason! Kids love to paint and play with rocks, and they can become excellent learning tools as well! While the artwork on these story stones is advanced for kids, they can join in my first painting a white or colored base on the rocks to start.
What you need:
9 Flat rocks (check your garden store for river rocks or collect from outside)
Alphabet stencils (optional)
What to do:
If you want to make a pouch for storage (which I love, and kids do too), simple use alphabet stencils and the black paint pen to write ‘story stones’ or ‘3 Little Pigs’ on the bag.
Next, gather 9 rocks and using chalk, draw a rough design on your rocks.
For this set, we have 3 pigs, 3 houses (straw, brick and sticks), a wolf, wind (‘Huff and Puff’) a pot, and some fire.
These are the basic designs you will use and then you can go back in with the black paint pen to add some accent work.
Store them in the pouch and let your kids play with them as you tell the story or read the book, before you know it, they will be acting out the book with the stones on their own!