Sea Story Stones DIY

Every now and again I make something that puts a smile on my face just thinking about it and today these sea story stones are that thing. As a not overly artistic person I do panic a little bit before I start any project. Will it work? Will it look ok? But from the moment I started this project I was just so happy with how it went and even better – the kids absolutely loved them and have been playing with them all day, I kept hearing my son tell my daughter stories of pirates, boats and jellyfish when I was getting their lunch ready. Of course now that I’ve figured out how to make these super cute stones it seems only right to share this story stones DIY with you!
sea themed story stones

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Story Stones Materials

Stones – picked up from the local beach
Posca Extra Fine 1m Markers

Story Stones Instructions

As we’d picked up our stones from the beach and we live so close to the sea, a sea theme for our story stones seemed the obvious choice! Picking the flattest stones I could find I drew a picture onto each stone, the ones I went for were: a boat, fish, a crab, a starfish, a desert island, an anchor, a jellyfish, a pirate and a whale. To give the kids a few more prompts in their storytelling I also did a few weather themed story stones with the sun, some rain and a rainbow. Not pictured because I hadn’t realised my kids were playing with them were some waves, a mermaid and a shark that my husband drew, this became a bit of a family affair as everyone wanted to join in!

sea story stones

I can honestly say that I loved using the Posca pens. Both as a blogger and as a mum of two small kids we get through a lot of craft materials and especially a lot of pens. The ink in these is awesome, the colours are super bright with only one use and if you give the ink a few seconds to dry then you’re ready to paint on top with no ink seeping through – when I made a mistake I was able to cover up dark ink with lighter ones which is pretty unusual in my experience! People who follow me on Instagram will also have seen this picture of my daughter as both my kids decided they wanted to make story stones too. At two years old my daughter is really hands on but you can still imagine my slight panic when I saw her do this.

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It came off with one baby wipe. Honestly, seeing as my son’s school tops still have pen on them from his second day there that’s pretty amazing in my opinion! The Posca pens are made by Uniball and I’m sure we’ll be looking at some more of their products soon, we definitely want to make some more story stones soon and have already been chatting about what theme to do next. One of the great things about these is that at the end of the day we just put them all away in a cupboard ready to use on our next rainy day at home, they’re a great way to encourage storytelling in even the smallest of kids. We’ve now made some butterfly stones to help teach numeracy too, do check them out because they are super gorgeous!

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11 Comments

  1. 1st August 2016 / 12:27 pm

    I think we might collect some next time we are at the beach and get painting.

  2. 1st August 2016 / 12:51 pm

    We love pebble painting. I’ve done bugs many times here but not sea stories, a lovely idea to add to my activity hour sessions. Thank you

  3. 1st August 2016 / 2:31 pm

    this is such a sweet idea. I will need to collect some of these stones next time we go to the beach. The kids would love this

  4. 1st August 2016 / 4:13 pm

    Sea Story Stones = brilliant idea! Thank you so much for sharing, I think I’m going to do this during the school hols. Hope that’s okay.

    • 6th August 2016 / 5:19 pm

      That sounds great – would love to see what you make x

  5. 1st August 2016 / 5:02 pm

    Oh these are just gorgeous! Perfect for all the collected pebbles we come home from the back with.

  6. 1st August 2016 / 7:39 pm

    These story stones are fantastic! I’m going to have to get some of those pens and make our own set, we may go for an underwater theme, Ethan is obsessed at the moment!

  7. 1st August 2016 / 9:09 pm

    These are amazing, I’ve been looking to buy some on easy recently but I think I might just make some x

    • 6th August 2016 / 5:19 pm

      Yes, make some!! Super cheap and so easy you might as well give it a go!

  8. 2nd August 2016 / 9:51 am

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these. Kids love things that they (or you make) and these are perfect for imagination.

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