A few years ago we discovered story stones on Pinterest. When my family went on our next family breakfast walk along the river edge, we grabbed a few of the flattest small rocks we could find and stuffed our pockets. Then I ordered up some fun paint markers. I had a fun time thinking up fun images to draw on the stones, that I knew would be good prompts to trigger my kid’s imaginations. Once the stones were dry a put them in a fun little drawstring bag and introduced them to my kids.
We often play with them during the winter in front of a nice warm fire. The kids love it and want to keep telling more and more stories. So story stones have easily become one of our family’s top favorite ways to spend quality family time together while laughing ourselves to tears!
This winter I was Christmas shopping at a fun gift shop inside a fun little coffee shop and came across “And Then” books.
There were two. Of course, I had to get both! They were the perfect Christmas gift for my kiddos.
The idea with these fun books is to prompt story-telling.
Inside the “And Then” book kits you find a stack of “Story Starters”, a collection of 20 beginnings to different stories that you get to finish in your own unique way.
They are something special, I tell you.
My kids love them!
So, I can’t recall who deserves the credit for the idea of adding the story stones to the “And Then” book kits. It may have been my son or it could have been my daughter.
Either way, it is a perfect pair! Now it’s your turn to start telling your epic stories:
How we use story stones with “And Then” kits:
- Take turns picking a “Story Starter” out of the “And Then” book kits.
- Read the “Story Starter” to get the beginning of the story.
- Then pass around the bag of story stones and blindly grab out a stone.
- With each story stone begin a new part of the story, using the story stone as a prompt for each new part of your story.
- When each person is done adding their new portion of the story they place their story stone down, making a circle or line of story stones.
- Once you get to the last stone in the bag your story ends. Obviously, you can continue, but if one story goes on too long it can become lost and forgotten as each person continues.
You will be surprised at how much fun you and your family can have with these story starters!
I really hope you get these books and make story stones too! There isn’t anything more important than spending time with your family. I hope this idea brings your family together for lots of fun!
I would love to know about how it goes!
If you have any other fun ways to use story stones I would love to know!
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