If your kids have a collection of rocks or stones collected on their travels, this is super easy idea to make with them. You can make story stones in any theme, but we chose wild animals since we’ve visited a couple of zoos lately so this is a simple way to expand on that topic at home.

This method has to be the easiest way to make story stones. Toddlers and preschoolers can get involved in the entire process, and it gives great results.

Wild animal story stones. Great to tie in with an animal theme or trip to the zoo. This method  is the easiest way of making story stones, preschoolers can do it themselves

To make the story stones you will need:

  • A collection of stones. Big flat ones tend to work best
  • Stickers to fit with your theme – Ours are from this sticker book (UK / US). I like that these stickers come with real photos rather than
  • Mod Podge. Any type is fine – We used this sparkle one (UK / US)
  • Paint Brush

supplies for story stonesI made these with R who has just turned 4, and as I mentioned earlier – it’s super easy.

Look at your stones to see the sizes you have, and pick your stickers for each stone. As you can see, our stones had some drawing on them already – that doesn’t matter, it won’t show up in the final story stone so we just went ahead and reused them.

easiest way to make story stonesFor each stone, let your child peel off the sticker and stick it on. Once every stone has an animal, then it’s time to add some mod podge.

mod podge on story stonesPaint the mod podge over the entire surface on the front of the stone, and give them at least 20 minutes to dry fully, and you are done! The mod podge will fully seal the sticker to the stone so that it doesn’t peel off during play.

wild animal story stones


We ended up with a tiger, kangaroo, cheetah, clown fish, tortoise, frog, monkey and rhino. If you have more stones, you could make even more.

Once you’re finished you can use the stones for story telling, for ordering and sorting, or use them on a themed play scene background. The weight of the stones makes them really nice tactile playthings.

wild animal story stones for zoo theme


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