Hi Drifter & the Gypsy readers! Dani here from High Walls. I may not be a parent myself, but I have a lot of little ones in my life, many who visit and stay at my house. As such, I like to have a few fun things around for them to play with. (Can’t just leave them to watch TV all day!)
When I was a kid, my mom made me a set of story stones and I thought I would share this fun little project with you!
Rather than buying a whole box full of toys, story stones are flat pebbles with images painted on them that can be used to tell a story and play games. They are super easy to make and can be made with your little ones. My god daughter loves these ones we made. She is always asking to make additions and to hear (and tell) stories using the new and old characters we have created together!
– Flat stones and large pebbles – can be bought from craft stores or from your local garden store
– Acrylic paints – in white and various colors
– Black permanent marker
– Clear nail polish (Optional)
1. Ensure your stones are washed and completely dry before starting.
2. Start by sketching out your image on a stone in white paint. Fill the shape in so that you have a white silhouette of your image. Allow to dry completely before proceeding. This will create a good base for your colored paints – You may find you want to do a second layer of white paint to ensure that you have a nice white base.
3. Using colored paints, paint over the white areas, filling in the detail of your image. Allow the colors to dry in between if you are worried about them mixing. If you aren’t confident to do this free hand, sketch over the white paint with a lead pencil to give yourself some guide lines.
4. Once the colored paint has dried, take a permanent marker and outline your image, filling in any lines or details.
5. Using a wet cue-tip, clean away any smudges or excess paint, as acrylic paints are water based, it should wash away without too much effort.
6. Once you are happy with your picture, you can give it some extra protection from wear and tear by coating your stone with a coat of clear nail polish.
7. Repeat for as many stones and images as you can think of. Think animals, daily shapes like houses and trees, and then more fun shapes like dinosaurs, rocket ships, robots and dragons!
8. If you are making your stones for a little one learning to spell, repeat the above steps on the opposite sides of your stones, only this time, paint on the first letter of the image on the stone: T for Tree or H for House. This way you can teach while you play!
Dani (Craft contributor)
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