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These DIY Christmas Story Stones are easy to make and a fabulous resources to have on hand when story telling with 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 preschoolers.
I’ll also share how you can use story stones in your classroom or homeschool.
There are so many ways to use these Christmas story stones with young children. From sorting to beginning sounds and more, your kids will love learning with these painted holiday rocks.
Christmas 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.
I’ll show you how to make them, and then I’ll show you how you can use them with your kids.
What You’ll Need
You can find river rocks in nature (around a creek), 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, you can begin painting them. I prefer to use paint pens because they’re easier for me to control, but you can use acrylic paints if you wish.
After the first layer of paint is dry, go back and outline each image 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 so many ways you can use story stones with preschoolers. From story telling to early literacy skills, try these activities with your little ones.
Put all of your story stones in a basket. Have your child pick a stone out of the basket and use it to begin a story. Then, choose another stone and add on to that story. This activity 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 or other alphabet manipulatives. Have your say the name of the picture on a stone. Then, find the letter that matches that beginning sound.
SORTING AND GROUPING
Kids can sort and group the stones based on chosen characteristics. Sort people and not-people. 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 each stone. Then, seal with mod podge.
FUN Christmas BOOKS FOR PRESCHOOLERS
Fill your book basket with a great collection of books about Christmas. 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 Christmas Wish – Long ago, a brave little girl named Anja wanted to be one of Santa’s elves. So she leaves a note for her family and helps her elderly neighbor prepare for the holiday, then she straps on her skis, and heads out into the snowy landscape. From a red bird to a polar bear to a reindeer, a menagerie of winter animals help Anja make her way to Santa.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas – This heartwarming story about the effects of the Christmas spirit will grow even the coldest and smallest of hearts. Like mistletoe, candy canes, and caroling, the Grinch is a mainstay of the holidays, and his story is the perfect gift for young and old.
Santa’s Underwear – It’s Christmas Eve and Santa is busy getting gussied up for the big night. But when he goes to put on his warm, cozy (holey, ragged) Christmas underwear, they’re nowhere to be found! With undies for every occasion, he tries on the rest of his collection. But nothing is quite right. Just when he’s about to give up he find a surprise from his considerate team of reindeer.
RESOURCES I LOVE
These handmade, adorable Christmas finger puppets are perfect for Holiday party favors or any play day!
Turn ordinary laundry pins into a fun clothespin Christmas tree ornament that your kids will love hanging on the tree this season.