I have been wanting to make story stones with some of our favorite stories. I am including a free printable of the ones we made so you can join in the fun too — without tearing a book apart. We have loved playing with brown bear, blue horse, purple cat, and more!
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If you have never made these before, rest at ease! It’s pretty fool proof. I didn’t even read a tutorial about it beforehand, and they still turned out. That’s always a great sign because I am craft handicapped and usually read tons before I try anything new.
Brown Bear Story Stones
Here is what you will need:
- Stones or rocks (flat ones are a great pick)
- Mod Podge and a paintbrush
- Story Stones printable (just click and print)
Cut out the animals as you desire, then use the paintbrush to “paint” them on the stones with the Mod Podge. I tried not to brush too many times to avoid smearing the ink. We put them in the hot sun to dry for an hour. You could also let them set overnight.
Then there are so many ways to use your story stones. First, we put them in rainbow order.
Then my daughter pulled out the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear and sequenced the ones we had that corresponded with the story. Lastly, the animals asked one another “What do you see?”
I plan on extending this even further by sorting with unifix cubes for my preschooler and printing out sight words for my school age daughter to turn them into sentences. They are having a blast just playing with them for now though. I hope you love these, and keep an eye out for our next story inspired activity!