What makes stones so magical when it comes to learning? Maybe it’s the natural sense of connection to the outdoors, or perhaps it’s the weight or the way a stone turns and tumbles in your hands as you contemplate what you wish to do with them.
For alphabet stones, the possibilities of use are as wide as your child’s imagination! Today we discuss storytelling as a way to support vocabulary and literacy.
Storytelling for your children can be as easy as 1-2-3 and these stones are good to use with more than 1 child, so it becomes a game and a learning platform.
I would suggest creating a story mat to use with the stones. Your child can create his/her own by coloring in 3-5 blocks of color on a piece of paper and numbering the blocks. If he/she wishes to decorate the borders, all the better. It gives him/her ownership of the project. Once the mat is completed, the storytelling activity can begin.
Turn all the alphabet stones picture side down. Each child takes a turn and selects three stones, placing each in order as they are selected. The stones are your child’s story starter. Stone 1 represents the beginning of the story. Stone 2 informs and directs the action for the middle of the story and Stone 3 leads to the story’s ending. As your child becomes comfortable in handling the stones and telling his/her story, you will find that more than 3 stones are requested. That is fine. It allows for adding details to support imagination and helps build vocabulary!
Here’s an example of how to use the alphabet stones for storytelling:
Let’s say your child pulls: Stone 1-the Fox, Stone 2 – the Necklace, Stone 3 – the Queen.
One sunny morning there was an orange fox with white fur around his face. He was skipping through the forest. All at once he spied something sparkly and jumped up and down with excitement. It was a sparkly necklace and the fox was so happy. He picked it up and trotted to the palace where the queen lived and presented the necklace to the queen. She was so touched, she fed him a treat and they both had a very great visit. The End.
(If you notice, I am adding in details. If your child doesn’t see details right away, you can gently ask questions such as What color, What was the fox doing — Was he running, jumping, skipping, etc.) Where was he? You get the idea!) If your child is young, he/she will not have all the details and that is a-okay. It’s his/her story and you want the activity to be one that provides a bit of fun and ownership with the learning.
If you child is writing, buy a journal and have him/her jot down the story that’s been told. If your child is learning language and cannot yet write, let him/her draw a picture and you write down the words. Be sure to date each work so you can go back and check for progress.
Alphabet Stones are easy to create and you may find your child/ren wishing for additional stones. If so, let me know and I can make a different set for you. Once you have ordered a complete alphabet set, you can custom order in sets of 8 and choose the letters you would like to have for your stone set. (The only letters that are excluded in the sets of 8 are Q, V, X, Z.) I hope you will share some of your children’s stories with me and give me permission to post them! I promise to not use their names but would love to use their ages and initials.