Inspiring Creativity With Story Stones

I absolutely love anything that inspires a childs creativity and imagination. What better way to inspire a little creativity and imaginative play with your child than through telling stories? I adore listening to my daughter tell me stories. I laugh at the funny parts and my heart loves to get a glimpse into her little mind and the way she thinks. Her imagination shines, her expressions are priceless, and I will always cherish the sweet stories she tells.

One of her favorite things to use when telling stories is a set of Story Stones.

What are Story Stones? They’re simply stones with a picture that help guide a story. You can randomly hand each rock to your child to guide their story, let them draw a stone out of a bag, or give them full control. I typically group the stones into categories. A recent set I made was Under The Sea themed. It was a hit!


I’ve seen tons of different places that have Story Stones for sell, but it’s simple to make your own. You just need flat stones (you can pick up a bag at any craft store) and paint markers or Sharpie’s to draw on the rocks. If you don’t love your artistic skills, grab a pack of stickers or print clip art from the computer, and secure them to the stones with Modge Podge.

Here are a few ways to make Story Stones fun!

Set the Scene– You can make a scene out of just about anything. We’ve made a princess castle out of a shoe box, a side-walk chalk city on the drive-way, and an under the sea scene out of construction paper. The ideas are endless. You could surprise your child by creating a scene using chalk or allow them to have full creative control and construct a scene out of materials you have on hand. You could draw a scene on something as simple as a piece of paper or even let them draw their own scene.

Involve Your Child- I usually ask my daughter what type of Story Stones she might like to have next and tuck that away for a late night when I have a little time to make a new set. A few weeks ago, I really let her get involved and she was able to draw her own pictures and create her own set. I never imagined she would be so thrilled to do something as simple as drawing on rocks, but she loved having creative control.

Choose Your Own Stones- If you want your child to be involved, but aren’t quite ready to hand over the markers, let them help in a different way. Take a walk around your yard and find stones to use. If you don’t have any in your yard, try a local park of hiking trail.



festive and fun easter snack for toddlers

I’m a holiday lover, through and through. With each holiday that rolls around, I usually proclaim that it’s my favorite. In reality, I really think Thanksgiving may be the winner, but it’s Easter that holds a close second. The weather changes, we can enjoy being outside again, and the spring colors come out. All is right at Easter time.

Since I’m a big-time holiday lover, I also love incorporating holiday themed ideas into our day-to-day activities. Simple and fun ways to spread holiday cheer seem to make even the most normal days extra special.

One of my favorite things to do at Easter time is to use the plastic eggs, the ones that come in a huge pack for just a couple of dollars. They’re an easy and inexpensive way to add Easter cheer anywhere.

You can cut an egg carton in half (because a dozen is just too much), and add plastic eggs filled with your toddlers favorite snack items for a quick and fun snack at home.




Or take it a step further and make this into a breakfast or lunch treat. Here are a few ideas for other ways to use the plastic eggs to serve your childs food:


  • Mini pancakes
  • Mini waffles
  • Fresh fruit
  • Cheese
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Mini cinnamon rolls
  • Scrambled eggs


  • Cut up grilled cheese or sandwiches into small squares
  • Fresh fruit
  • Cheese
  • Raw veggies
  • Crackers
  • Deli meat cut into chunks
  • Goldfish
  • Raisins
  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Weinies cut into small pieces


  • Fresh fruit
  • Fresh veggies
  • Cheerios
  • Goldfish
  • Crackers
  • String cheese
  • Deli meat
  • Gummies
  • Raisins or other dried fruit

The possibilities are endless! You can even stick a few eggs filled with their favorites straight in the lunchbox and forgo the whole egg cartoon.



Fill Me In Friday… Teaching Braylen

Each Friday, I’m going to be answering some of your questions from the post I did earlier and giving you a little more insight into how we do things around here. One of the most common questions that came from that posts was about teaching Braylen.


Braylen has a really good memory, and she picks up on things really quickly. I saw that she was learning her alphabet and numbers using the Melissa and Doug puzzles early on and then using that knowledge and recognizing them elsewhere. She would point out letters at the grocery store or numbers on a road sign.

As a teacher, I’m always just waiting for that moment when I can unlock a little potential and turn things into a teachable moment, I don’t think learning can be forced. And I think children learn well through hands-on exploration and they learn best at their own pace, especially at her age. So when I saw her natural learning progression I began to capitalize on little teachable moments throughout the day.

Which brings me to a couple of points I want to make about teaching children:

Incorporate learning naturally- Don’t expect them to do more than they can, don’t pressure them and make them dislike learning. For example, if Braylen wanted to show me the letter “A” in the grocery store, I would make a big deal about it and ask her to show me another one if she saw one. I never sat her down at 18 months old and structured her learning time to include specific alphabet puzzles, but when she naturally chose those puzzles, I was sure to point out the letters and talk with her while she played. Equip your child with the tools to learn, but let it come natural.

Make it fun- Plan fun activities, use manipulatives, meet your child on their level. Make learning fun for them, this is the time to instill a love for learning that can last a lifetime. Don’t structure it in a way that is beyond their level of attentiveness or boring to them.

Now that she’s older and has a great foundation, we’re really capitalizing. Right now, she’s a big fan of spelling words and trying to figure out words in books. I’m just guiding her with a little phonics help and waiting for the right time to teach her more about blending words. She also loves math problems so we use a variety of manipulatives to help her figure them out on her own.

Here are some recent favorites at her house:

teach preschoolers

Meet the Sight Words DVD’s Meet the Sight Words Flashcards/Meet the Sight Words Books/Math Manipulatives Set/Math Flash Cards

It’s really impossible to cover it all in one post. Because I absolutely love this topic and because I’m going to need a little creative outlet in the coming weeks since I packed up my classroom this year, I’ll make some printable teaching sets like I’ve been using with Braylen for you guys and give you some posts on how we use them.