Now you have an exciting new set of story stones you’re set for a bunch of activities.
Why not try the following?:
Build your own story
Take as many (or as few) of the stones as you like and try constructing a story with them. As a prompt you could use a story book for guidance and then try changing or continuing the story using the stones.
Alternatively, try placing your stones on a sheet of paper or card in the order they happen. Draw arrows between them and write how these things are involved in your story – perhaps even with a few extra illustrations. You could photograph the result at the end to keep!
Create a random story challenge
This can be a fun game to play as a family. Sort your story stones into bags, containers or hats according to the categories mentioned earlier (places, objects, characters and events).
Each player in the game should then pick out a stone from each category without looking. They must then attempt to tell a story based on what they have. Or you can take it in turns selecting stones to keep one story going around the group. The results are often funny, exciting and memorable. If it’s really good, you could even write it down!
- Split all your stones between a number of players, keeping the images hidden from one another. The goal of this game is to get rid of all the stones you have been given first.
- To play, take turns in naming a category, e.g. ‘an animal’, that applies to some of your stones. When the player announces the category, all the players must place their stones in that category in the centre of the table. Be wary though, you could accidentally name a category another player has lots of stones in!
To make it a challenge you may wish to set ground rules disallowing broader categories… or don’t! You can customise the game however you want to be as easy or hard as you like.
Create your own game
Story stones can have a potentially enormous number of applications, so why not take your creativity a step further and make a brand new game of your own design which uses them?
Player counters in a board game? Decoration for a mantelpiece? A way to quickly create interesting photo collages? The possibilities are endless.