Spring is finally in full force in our Massachusetts valley, which means my family has been in search-for-signs-of spring mode. In the past, we've collected our signs of spring, traced our signs of spring, and made non-dominant drawings of our signs of spring. This year I decided we should make spring Story Stones!
First, find signs of spring! It is easy enough to close your eyes and image some, and this is fine, but I think it really helps if you go out searching. You'll maybe surprise yourself? I chose robin's egg (we found one in our yard!), magnolia blossom (my favorite backyard tree), maple keys (or helicopter seeds), and a cherished spring sprout. I don't think I would have remembered the magnolia blossom if I hadn't been outside mindfully observing. Once you've gathered stones and given them a quick rinse, use a pencil to draw spring shapes.
Use acrylic paint to fill in the pencil lines and allow plenty of dry time.
Display your stones in the center of a table or give stones as little token of friendship. They would make nice end-of-year gifts for teachers and friends!
Story + Art Tip: Consider using a thin Sharpie marker to write words on the back of each stone. A poem, haiku, two word pairing, or even one simple word.
Labels: art, crafts, kids, literacy, nature, seasons, story stones