Looking for a FUN and affordable activity that get’s your children’s imagination and creativity going?
Jason Tyndall from Nature Play SA has created these story stones that will provide endless hours of creative play and not only
that can teach our kids about re using old materials!
You will need:
a handful of smooth flattish stones that can be any size, shape or colour.
fabric from old clothes or op-shops (think vintage / retro bed sheets, pillowcases or old pyjamas)
a non-toxic Water-based clear drying glue such as Mod Podge (most hardware/craft stores)
Paint brush and/or sponge for applying glue
Child-friendly scissors that can cut through fabric
Container of water
Rags or old towel
STEP 1 Choose a workspace that’s ok to get a little messy. If the sun is shining it’s a calming activity to do outside
STEP 2 cut your fabric into sizes that will cover the flat part of your stone
STEP 3 Apply glue to either the reverse side of your fabric picture or to the stone face. A thin spread will do just nicely
STEP 4 Position your fabric on the stone and brush a smooth thin layer of glue over the top to seal it. Once the first sealant layer is dry
add another coat for extra durability and a glossier finish.
STEP 6 It’s time to admire the finished product and play or consider gifting as a present to family or friends!
Jason is Nature Play SA’s general manager. He is an artist and dad of one spirited little girl, whose favourite past time is making stew for the ‘Gruffalo’ in her backyard. His career started in environmental management, but has always enjoyed working with people, which saw him move into environmental education. Joining the nature play movement was a natural progression. He travels around the state undertaking workshops for education sites and local government.
“I remember spending a lot of time at the local creek catching yabbies’ and wandering for what seemed like hours. We’d walk along the creek until we found a section that we thought we could jump – so we all gave it a go and most of the time we made it!”