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These DIY Alphabet Story Stones are easy to make and a fabulous resources to have on hand when teaching the alphabet to young kids.
There really is no wrong way to make story stones. I’m going to show you how to draw/paint images on your stones. But, I’ll also share some less-artistic ways to make a set of story stones for your kiddos.
I’ll also share how you can use story stones in your classroom or homeschool.
There are so many ways to use these alphabet story stones with young children. From sorting to beginning sounds and more, your kids will love learning with these painted rocks.
Alphabet Story Stones
While I call these story stones, they really can be used in so many ways. Kids can use them to tell stories, practice beginning sounds and ABC order, sorting practice, and more.
Let’s learn how to make them, and then we’ll discuss how you can use them with your kids.
What You’ll Need
You can find river rocks in nature, or you can purchase them. I got these rocks at the hardware store.
If you use dark rocks, like the ones pictured, you’ll want a white pencil to draw the images. If you use light rocks, you can use a regular pencil.
What You’ll Do
To start, wash and dry your rocks to get rid of any dirt and debris that may keep the paint from sticking. With a pencil, outline your images.
Once you’ve got all of your images drawn, begin painting them. I prefer to use paint pens, but you can use acrylic paints if you wish.
Once the initial layers of paint are dry, go back and outline your images with a black sharpie or paint pen.
If you’d like to seal your stones, I suggest using matte mod podge. But, wait until the paint is dry before sealing or your images will smear.
How to Use Story Stones
As I mentioned above, there are many ways to use story stones with young students. From story telling to early literacy skills, try these activities with your little ones.
Put the story stones in a basket. Have your child choose a stone and use it to begin a story. Then, choose another stone and add on to the story. This can be done individually or in a group setting.
In a group setting, one child chooses a stone and starts the story. Then, another child chooses a stone and adds to the story incorporating the picture on the stone.
Continue until all the stones have been used or all of the kids have contributed to the story.
Grab a pack of letter magnets. Have your child match the stones to the same letter as its beginning sound.
Sorting and Grouping
Kids can sort and group the stones based on chosen characteristics. Sort animals and non-animals. Group by main color. Let your child choose a characteristic and then check his work.
Alternative Ways to Create Story Stones
If you’re not too artistic, you can use stickers, magazine pictures, or old book pages to create the stones. Just glue the image on or stick the stickers on. Then, seal with mod podge.
Alphabet Books for Preschoolers
Fill your book basket with a great collection of alphabet books for preschool. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.
If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.
The Usborne Alphabet Picture Book – Tabbed pages introduce a word beginning with each letter of the alphabet, from an apple and a butterfly to a xylophone, yellow paint, and a zebra.
Dr. Seuss’s ABC – Featuring a fantastic cast of zany characters—from Aunt Annie’s alligator to the Zizzer-Zazzer-Zuzz, with a lazy lion licking a lollipop and an ostrich oiling an orange owl—Dr. Seuss’s ABC is a must-have for every young child’s library.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom – n this lively alphabet rhyme, all the letters of the alphabet race each other up the coconut tree. Will there be enough room? Oh, no – Chicka Chicka Boom! Boom!
Additional Teaching Resources
This wooden alphabet board is double-sided with upper and lowercase print letters. It’s great for ages 2 and up for letter identification and letter formation. This board can be used with the included walnut “pen” or traced by finger. Makes a wonderful handwriting tool for at home or in the classroom.
These hand painted rainbow alphabet rocks can do all sorts of things! Add them to a sensory bin, use them for loose parts play, put them in a writing center in the classroom, and much more!