Do you and your kids love Halloween? These Halloween Story Stones are perfect for creative play!
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Halloween Story Stones
Let your child’s imagination soar with these adorable Halloween story stones.
Their creativity to develop stories using the stones will amaze you.
Have them tell you a new spooky story or use the stones to retell their experience of Halloween!
What Are Story Stones?
Story stones are made from flat, smooth stones. You can collect them at your local beach or check your local dollar and craft stores for them.
Every stone has a picture on it. The pictures can be anything you’d like such as characters, objects like a sun for weather story stones, or animals.
There are many ways to make story stones. Our favourite so far has been to paint pictures on our stones.
You can also use magazine cutouts, draw on them with permanent or paint markers, use stickers, or use fabric scraps to make your own unique story stones.
Ways To Use Story Stones
There are many ways you can use story stones for learning and beyond. Here are a few ways we like to use our story stones:
Story Telling Aides:
Allow your child to choose a stone from the bag, and have them start a story based on the picture that is on the stone.
Have them pick another stone from the bag, and continue creating a story incorporating the next picture into it.
If doing this in a daycare or school setting, pass the bag around allowing each child to pick a stone one at a time and add their sentence to the story.
Sorting & Grouping:
Story stones are a great teaching aid aside from storytelling.
Your little ones can sort and group all animals, people, food, etc into piles.
To further the learning, have them count how many food stones they have compared to how many animal stones they have, and what the difference is using subtraction.
Bella loves using her story stones for creative play.
She often uses her animal stones in her play centres and food stones in her kitchen.
The educational and creative value of story stones is endless.
You can create a set of story stones and place them in a shadow box frame for a baby nursery.
Story stones can also make a great anniversary gift.
Create a unique story of your relationship over the years in stones. From how you met, to special moments you have shared together, then you can place them in chronological order in a shadow box frame.
Make Your Own Halloween Story Stones
Check out the process photos below, then see a full list of supplies and instructions below!
You will need permanent or paint markers and some flat, smooth stones.
To create a bag to keep your story stones in you will need a bag and stencil.
Draw Halloween themed characters and objects onto your stones with a pencil.
Use your stencil and marker to write a label on your bag.
Colour your stones with markers and seal with a spray sealer or Mod Podge.
How To Make Your Own Halloween Story Stones
Gather your supplies and follow the instructions below to create your own Halloween Story Stones!
- Paint Pens
- Canvas Bag
- Alphabet Stencil
After gathering all of the supplies, you will first rinse the stones in warm water until all of the powder has been removed. Set the stones on a towel and allow them to dry completely.
Next, use a pencil to sketch the design onto the stone.
Colour your stones using paint pens or permanent marker.
Use a black paint pen to outline the painted stone.
Allow the paint to dry completely.
You are now ready to use your stones to narrate a story. You can even flip them over and write words on the back of the stones.
If you’d like, create a small canvas bag to store your story stones. Use an alphabet stencil to paint words onto the canvas bag. Allow them to dry completely before storing your stones.
To protect your stones for many uses, use a spray sealer or Mod Podge.
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Debbie White Beattie says
These stones are really cute. I don’t know how you came up with this but it’s really creative and something the kids would love to play with
kathy downey says
Thanks i think we will have a day at the beach collecting some rocks this weekend,this would make a nice winter project !
Jenny B says
This concept looks so fun! They turned out so pretty too.
Elizabeth Matthiesen says
I love this idea, they must be fun to make too. You’ve made a superb job of your stones, I somehow doubt mine would look as good. 🙂
So cute! Did you draw these pictures by hand? Or something to trace?
Aimee Geroux says
It was all done by hand but I am sure there are traceable sheets online. Maybe I will update this post with that next Halloween 🙂
kristen visser says
What a fun and unique idea!! and you can create your own story or theme no matter what time of year. I could totally do this for Christmas. My girls would love it