Projects in the wings

These little guys are drying. If you look closely you’ll see the second from the left is more white than the others it’s all dry and the fourth from the left is a little lighter it’s almost dry the one that is all the way on the right side Will probably need another 24 hours to dry.

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This is a teddy bear head that I have drying on a pencil. Maybe it will be a pencil puppet.

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This fabric is going to be hair bows.

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This canvas is going to be some more backgrounds for my owls I’m not sure if I’m going to sell my paintings or just leave them as backgrounds for my display.

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Spin a Story Game Story Stones

I’ve got the neighborhood kids excited to be testers for this game.

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The spinning stone is round on the bottom and spins easily.

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The player begins his turn by first selecting a stone and then spinning the spin a story stone. For instance the first player selects the flashlight and spins a verb. The player could begin. “The night was pitch black dark. The only thing visible was the light beaming from a flashlight.” The verb is beaming.

Player number two perhaps selects the black bear and spins an adverb. He must first repeat what has already been told and add an adverb and the black bear. Since we know that an adverb describes a verb, the player might add. “The light was brightly beaming and darting to and fro as if the holder were looking for something. But what? Not the black bear that suddenly jumped out of the brush and knocked the holder down to the hard earth.”

The game gets challenging as the players must remember what has gone before and build into the tale. A player who forgets is out of the game.

That is the way we will play for the neighborhood kid test. Hope it goes well.

Process: planning, preparing. Story Stone Spinning Game

First I choose the stones for a concept that is forming in my mind. This time I am doing a fun game that I used to play with my children where you weave a story together. I found a rock with a nice round bottom and I think it will be a nice spinner. Then I chose 9 stones that I will be painting persons places and things on. The spinner will be for the adjectives adverbs verbs and anything else that makes the story fun. Here’s the stones all painted white. Always the first step.

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And now this is what I call story stone hand. Sigh.

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Jack and the Beanstalk

A great children’s classic! Retelling this story is fun! Try starting this story with a different concept. Maybe the giant is actually friendly and it only sounds as if he says mean things. Maybe he comes down from the stalk and helps the poor? Maybe the golden egg goose stops laying eggs unless she gets 5 magic beans?

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Little Red Riding Hood Story Stones

Little Red Riding Hood. She should’ve listened to her mother and stayed on the path to take those blueberry muffins to grandma. These stones can be discussed as a moral lesson. Parents know best and have reasons behind seemingly arbitrary rules.

Try using these stones as a family game. Place them in the middle of the table and the youngest takes a stone and starts off a story. Either the well loved tale or a new one. Each family member must restate the story as they go along and add a detail as they draw their stone.

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Puzzle Stones

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In this set of story stones a little gray mouse has just taken off with a gust of wind on top of the red umbrella. The boy in the blue jacket is just almost able to reach the umbrella to save the little mouse. I am sure that the raccoon in the tree knows exactly what has happened and maybe could tell his story. Perhaps the red cardinal perched on the branch is a secret agent who knows exactly what the mouse is doing.

I think you get the idea. Begin with a character or an idea and build your story. Enjoy making different combinations.

There are no limits to your imagination.

The Three Bears Story Stones

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I began my first adventure with story stones as a gift for my grandson and I have since done several sets of stones that I have given away.

How I wish that I had taken a picture of all of them but you can’t go back and fix things like that. I’m usually only very interested in doing the art and am now reforming and trying to get interested in the art of the blog and the Internet and putting my pictures of my work out so that I can show them to people.

You might be wondering what story stones are good for. Right? The way you can use this set of story stones … The three bears… is to try to tell the story using the stones in the order that the story takes place for instance, the three Bears have just sat down to their hot porridge and they cannot eat it because it’s of course too hot so they go for a walk and during this time Goldilocks comes in and tries the porridge. Then she sits in the chairs and lays on the beds and when the three bears come home they find her in the baby’s bed asleep. It is a favorite fairytale and an old one that many people will enjoy young and old alike. The stones are meant to be enjoyed along with the story. I found that YouTube is a treasure trove of children’s stories. If you don’t have the book, check out a YouTube reading.

See if you can invent your own story. There are also games you can play but that is for another post.