Friday, July 26, 2013

Story Rocks - Backyard Camping Activities

These are great for around the campfire, on long car rides or just for those "I'm bored" moments of summer. Kids get the inspiration they need to make up creative stories by randomly picking 3 or 4 rocks that they must weave into a tale. The more creative you are in making the rocks unique, the more wild the stories will be. Kids especially love if their face appears in a rock.

Materials Needed:

  • River rocks (purchased at the dollar store in floral section) 
  • Stickers/Photos -variety is key 
  • Scissors 
  • Paper and Markers (optional) 
  • White glue or modge podge 
  • Foam brushes 
  • Varnish (optional) 
  • Small drawstring bag

Instructions to make Story Rocks:

  1. Provide each child with a handful of river rocks. 
  2. Have them choose a sticker or to stick on each rock.
    * Do not duplicate any of the pictures. If the kids want to draw pictures, cut out pieces of paper slightly smaller than the rock's surface and follow the same directions. Try to have a good variety.
  3. Using the glue or modge podge, brush a coat over top of the pictures to secure them to the rocks. Allow to dry.
    * This step isn’t necessary with stickers but does make them more durable in the long run.
  4. If desired, varnish with a spray to further protect the story rocks. 
NOTE: Story Rocks can be made ahead of your backyard campout so they are ready when you need them but making the Story Rocks is a great activity in the afternoon, especially if you need your little campers out of the sun for a little while.

Story Rocks - Backyard Camping Activities for kids

How to use the Rocks:

Single Story:
  1. Pass the bag of Story Rocks to the storyteller. 
  2. Have them pick out 4 or 5 Story Rocks without looking. 
  3. The storyteller must now tell a campfire story making sure to weave each of their Story Rocks into the tale. 
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 until everyone has had a turn telling a campfire story. 

Story Rocks - Backyard Camping Activities for kids

Group Story:
  1. Decide who will begin your group story and pass them the bag of Story Rocks. 
  2. The Storyteller will pick out 1 Story Rock from the bag without looking. 
  3. The Storyteller will then begin the story incorporating their Story Rock into the tale. 
  4. The bag will be passed to the camper on their left who will then follow instructions 2 and 3 continuing the story from where the previous storyteller left off. 
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 until all the Story Rocks have been used.


  1. Love this craft/activity. You come up with simple and affordable activities all the time. I could totally see my daughter enjoying this! We have purchased many rocks for her from the dollar store so now it's time to do something else with them besides just sorting them :)

    1. That is so cute that your daughter likes to sort her rocks. The story rocks are great for little ones who have trouble expanding basic stories. I hope she enjoys them.


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...