We love telling stories in our house. Leo is a great story teller and tells our children stories of their alter egos, which they absolutely love. I remember one of Little Missy’s first stories being about singing dragons.
A couple of years ago one of my best friends made some story stones for Penguin. Story stones are basically stones with pictures on which can give us ideas of what going to happen next in our story. Penguin really loved them and they encouraged him with his story telling.
I really enjoyed making ‘Our Pebble Family’ and with my growing collection on stones I thought I’d try and make some story stones. One of our little munchkins friends is celebrating a birthday next week so hopefully it will make a lovely gift.
First of all I used white acrylic to paint the stones. I sketched out some basic pictures (I’m not the illustrator in the family!) and using a permanent marker copied the pictures onto the stones. I thought I’d try using coloured sharpee’s rather than acyllic paint. I liked the vibrant colours of the sharpee’s.
However, when I varnished the stones to give them more longevity the colours ran. I had to result to dabbing the varnish on to get around this problem. Although they aren’t perfect, I hope the recepiant will be pleased.
Has anyone handmade a gift for your child that you love? I’d love to hear about it. Please comment below.
“Once upon a time there was a large gigantic wild butterfly. It was flying and it landed on a bush. It stayed there for so many days that a dragon swooped down and saw the butterfly. But it didn’t breath fire on it when he saw it. It was a nice dragon. And the nice dragon saw that the butterfly was enormous and was almost the same size as the dragon. Probably that’s why they are friends. The butterfly and the dragon were friends.
Until a hedgehog came along. The hedgehog was smaller. When the dragon saw the hedgehog it breathed fire onto the hedgehog. The hedgehog curled up in a ball to protect itself from the fire. The dragon came and held it and it was prickly and he dropped it into some water, and so it cooled down and the hedgehog swam to the surface of the water and quickly got out. He didn’t realise he was on a beach, he didn’t realise he was on a hot, hot beach.
Until he saw a fish jumping out of the water on a beach, and it went to try to prick the fish, but it jumped back into the water again, it was a dolphin and it jumped back into the water again when the hedgehog tried to prick it again with its prickly spines. And then the large butterfly came back to the beach with his friend the dragon. The dragon blew fire on him again and the dragon threw him so far that he landed on the world of the dragon and the butterfly again. He went there and breathed more fire on, and the butterfly blew even more fire on the hedgehog
The butterfly has learnt some new skills from his friend the dragon and he now can breath fire. That’s amazing. Then it got colder, the wind blew but the fire didn’t go away. It grew bigger and bigger and bigger and bigger and then the butterfly blew the biggest fire ever onto the hedgehog. But the hedgehog curled up into another ball. No, it didn’t. The hedgehog died. But then he woke up again, and they were all friends and lived happily ever after…..Lets tell another wild story.”
Munashe loves to tell stories. Telling stories together is great fun. I love to hear where the story is going to go to next. I’m sure we will be telling more wild stories together! If you are interested Munashe’s words are in italics. If you are interested to hear the story have a look at LeoThExplorers Blog.