Crafting in miniature

“Would you like to paint?” always gets the same answer. Today, I had no trouble persuading them that they would like to paint story stones. Not a new idea, variations on the theme can be found throughout blogland (my way of saying, I can’t remember where I saw this first. Thank you whoever it was!), but we haven’t done it for a while, so this activity went down really well. The idea is that each stone represents one part of the story.

For instance, AJ came up with a story (read left to right) about a little girl going to pick flowers and saw a deer. It started to snow and she became lost, so she prayed for the sun to return, but when it did she found she was next to an angry snake. Luckily her faithful dog arrived to frighten off the snake and lead the girl home, where she fell asleep on her stripey blanket. The End.

I have cut the story down a bit, but hopefully you should see how it works. If the stones are rearranged then a new story can be told.

We have two variations on the game.

  1. Either put them into a bag and pull them out one at a time. The story has to be created in the order the stones come out. Make an excellent executive toy.
  2. More energetic version. Hide the stones around the garden. As they find the stones they have to make up the story. The children loved this one and, with all the fun, I forgot to take any photos!

TF went very purple. He did have a story, which started with “Once upon a time” and involved a mountain. BL came to his rescue and the story evolved to include her flowers and ladybird. It was fun to hear them collaborating to create the story. Both need to work on their start, middle and end, as the story became epic. I loved that little TF, every now and again, brought his sister back to the story, by suggesting that she started back on particular a stone. Too sweet.

While they all composed stories, using their stones, I knitted. I love making these little hats for the dollshouse dolls. I think it is because they are quick, instantly rewarding and well received by the children. AJ suggested a pineapple hat.

She did point out that the leaves looked more little holly on top of a pale christmas pudding. The next one needs to be spiky. Plus a christmas pudding version. Oh yes, there shall be a next time. I am addicted. I’m going to make more dolls. I may have to make some matching big ones for the children to wear. Sooner or later I will run out of dolls and children to push these on. The children could sell them at the end of the drive, along with our abundance of eggs and courgettes. Maybe I could dress up the courgettes…….Hmm. Its OK. Even I think that may be step too far.

16 thoughts on “Crafting in miniature

  • Tuesday 10 August, 2010 at 12:36 am

    those are lovely, it is a great idea with the story telling have not come across that before:)

    • Tuesday 10 August, 2010 at 9:36 am

      I have not been able to stop my girls. They love stories, but this has inspired them more, if it is possible. We even had several stories during breakfast. They want to paint more stones today.

  • Tuesday 10 August, 2010 at 1:52 am

    This is so clever! I’m definitely going to bookmark this for when my granddaughter is old enough. And the tiny hats…wow! You must have very nimble fingers to make something so tiny.

    • Tuesday 10 August, 2010 at 9:34 am

      I hope she enjoys the story stones. The hats are fun to make.

  • Tuesday 10 August, 2010 at 2:19 am

    those wee hats are adorable!! i love them.

  • Tuesday 10 August, 2010 at 3:24 am

    We love story stones! A great way to promote imaginative play. We drew scenery on our sidewalk with chalk to go along with them. So much fun!!

    • Tuesday 10 August, 2010 at 9:30 am

      I had a feeling I had seen Emily doing these, but I couldn’t find it on your blog last night. Blinded by so many good ideas. Thanks.

  • Tuesday 10 August, 2010 at 5:37 am

    A lovely idea and Great hats!!!

    • Tuesday 10 August, 2010 at 9:39 am

      Thanks, Val. The story stones have been fun. I love that there was no great preparation on my part. The children did it all, with some careful prompting. I find knitting the hats help me to stay and listen to their stories, without feeling I need to get on.

  • Tuesday 10 August, 2010 at 9:53 am

    What a great idea the story telling stones are. I can remember my lot painting stones but we never did the story telling part. I shall tell my third born about this as she is a nanny and is always looking for new things to do.

    • Tuesday 10 August, 2010 at 10:32 am

      It’s triple fun. Finding the stones, painting them and then telling the stories. I hope her charges enjoy the activity.

  • Wednesday 11 August, 2010 at 8:59 am

    This is really lovely!

    At first glance I thought you had made little hats for the stones!

    We have a lot of stones scattered around the house and garden, and this would be an excellent way to use them (you can have too many Pet Rocks I think.)

    Thanks for the inspiration – I will remember and link back to you when we do it 😉

    • Thursday 12 August, 2010 at 4:17 pm

      Oh my goodness. You made me laugh. Why didn’t I think of that! I’m not sure if it is any more insane to knit them for painted rocks than it is to make them for dolls.

  • Wednesday 11 August, 2010 at 9:12 am

    What a great idea and could easily be an outdoor activity (its sunny here at the mo so I want everything to be outdoors activities).
    Love the little hats too!
    Em xxx

    • Thursday 12 August, 2010 at 4:15 pm

      Thanks. Outside sounds like a perfect place to do the painting. I’m hoping eventually that I will varnish the stones and we will keep the painted stones outside, in the flower beds.

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