Story stones for kids. Ideas for inspiration, how to use them and the benefits of story stones with kids. Great for use in the classroom or at home.
Making and playing with story stones are great ways to practice re-telling, or creating stories with kids. We have used story stones in these two ways, and my children love to play with them on a felt board setup, in sensory bins or just sitting around in a circle.
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Benefits of Using Story Stones with Kids
There are many benefits to using painted rocks as story stones in addition to being fun. Story stones:
- build vocabulary
- encourage imagination and creativity
- help communication and listening skills
- help the memorization of a story
How to Use Story Stones with Kids:
We use story stones in two ways: to re-tell previously learned stories and to create and imagine new stories. Here are more ideas for play:
- Add the story stones to a sensory bin.
- Place them face-down on a table. Children can begin a story and then flip over a story stone to incorporate that idea or prompt.
- Read a book together with your child. After the book, tell the story again using the story stones.
- Children can take turns making a story, each child chooses some story stones to use when it is their turn.
- Practice sequencing stories by lining the story stones up in the order of a story.
How many ways can you think of to play with story stones?
Story Stone Ideas for Kids
Here are some story stones that we have made and played with in our house. We like to create them by drawing with paint pens on flat river rocks. Seal with an acrylic spray to keep them lasting longer and looking nicer (plus, they can be cleaned easier this way if multiple children are playing with them).
What you need to make a story stone set:
Enjoy making and playing with these painted rocks with your kids!