Story stones are one of the best tools to use for preschool literacy activities! Kids love rocks. There’s just something about the weight and feel of them that draws children in. Add some fun illustrations to those rocks and you have story stones! Check out some awesome story stone ideas below, then let me know which ones your kiddos would like the best!
storytelling and playful learning with story stones
Living Montessori Now created story stones focused on farm animal families.
My students loved retelling a favorite story with our The Mitten story rocks.
Build-a-face story stones from Where Imagination Grows let children explore their emotion.
I know some kiddos who’d love Red Ted Art’s Frozen stones!
Playdough to Plato’s camping-themed rocks would make for some interesting stories, I’m sure!
Thomas the Tank Engine story rocks from Hand Made Kids Art would certainly appeal to train-lovin’ kids.
Kitchen Counter Chronicles used story rocks to encourage poetry outside.
It seems fitting that The Gingerbread House shared how to make story stones based on The Gingerbread Man!
I love how Where Imagination Grows adapted the idea of story stones for the light table!
The Very Hungry Caterpillar rocks by Thrive 360 Living are gorgeous and make retelling the story even more fun.
The Golden Gleam’s Advent story stones would be perfect for Christmas-time.
I really like Inner Child Fun’s idea for making simple stones and taking them outside to create storytelling scenes.
Five Little Ducks story stones, from Red Ted Art, look adorable and make for fun companions to a well-loved kids’ song.
The sci-fi geek in me couldn’t write this post without including Tried & True’s science fiction story stones.
So, which story stones are your favorite? Now I’m itching to make more, so there may be a story stone project in our immediate future!
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Hands-On Preschool Materials
It is imperative that we keep our classrooms stocked with materials that will give our students the hands-on learning experiences that they love (and need!). There are a few specific things that I always keep on-hand in my classroom. Check them out in the list below.
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- Safety scissors
- Dramatic play items
- Math manipulatives
- Dry erase markers
- Sensory items
- Play dough
- Craft supplies
- Playground balls
- Music and movement tools
- Books, books, and more books!
When it comes to preschool, this list is really just skims the surface of the wide variety of materials that can be used. The best thing about this age group is that they learn the most while playing. So, whether they’re playing on the playground, building with blocks, or creating a masterpiece, rest assured that the children are learning so many important skills, all while having fun!
Done-for-You Preschool Resources
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