A while back I came across two lovely posts about making story stones from My Creative Family and Painting on the Ceiling. I really loved these posts and I wanted to make some story stones for my daughters too. I was planning on doing this when they were asleep but Cakey caught me looking at them on the computer. From over my shoulder I heard a little voice "can we make those?" I just got myself a partner!
We have lots of rounded river pebbles in our garden that were perfect, so we started straight away. My plan to draw/paint pictures that could be used to construct a story was shoved to one side as Cakey decided that she wanted to make them "pretty" to decorate the garden.
|Much to my surprise she got very excited about the circular palette|
Cakey got really excited about painting on the stones. I think she enjoyed the change from painting on paper. I set up a small, round palette (instead of the usual tubs) that she hadn't used before for this project. This small change also added to her excitement.
Our stones didn't turn into story stones – rather they are decorated stones, some of them have paintings of stars, moons and letters and others have patterns and blobs of colour. Cakey painted 23 stones, all in one sitting. We call them our hiding stones. We did this activity on a hot day so they dried quickly and we got to hide them in the garden and play hide and seek.
We used a number of different paints for this project. I have discovered that some of the really safe water-based paint designed specifically for young children washed off in the rain – I guess that is why it washes off clothes too! The stronger more opaque paints have lasted much better and those are the stones that we still hide in the garden to re-discover on another day.
|Boo arranging our now faded stones months after they were painted|
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