I really like the idea of story stones, so when I was thinking about Christmas crafts last year the idea came to me that I could create my own nativity stones. Nativity stones would allow people to carry the nativity story with them, they’d be a great story telling device and kids could have a lot of fun creating them and using them to retell the story.
Questions like “who is your favourite character in the Christmas story?” “Is there anyone that we could remove from the story and still have all that we need?” “What’s your favourite part of the Christmas story?” can be asked as you play with the stones and tell each other the story.
To create the Nativity stones you will need:
- Mod Podge (Matt or Gloss)
- Smooth Stones (use normal river stones or coloured decorative stones)
- Cotton bag for the story stones.
- Printout of images (here are three suggestions)
Wipe the stones clean with a dry cloth. If you do need to use liquid allow for time for the stones to dry off properly.
Cut out all the images from the printable nativity you’ve chosen.
Brush the stone with a thin layer of Mod Podge.
Place the nativity character onto the stone, lightly brush over the image to get rid of air bubbles and raised areas.
As the stone dries apply another layer or two of Mod Podge to seal the image onto the stone, the Mod Podge will dry clear.
Place the stones in a cotton bag for easy carrying and give as a gift.
Yes… it’s that easy…