I’m a bit addicted to creating story stones for my kids, they’re the kind of thing that I wasn’t sure if my children would go for but they love to use them as story prompts and these DIY nativity story stones are a great way to help them remember the story of the very first Christmas.
Unlike the Christmas story stones I shared recently (over on Crafts on Sea) I was a bit worried about making these, to put it politely my drawing skills are not my strongest and drawing people is…. well it’s tricky. I’ve made these story stones simple enough so that older kids can make them and also simple enough that I was brave enough to pick up a pen and do it too.
After all, I’m a great believer in always giving something creative a go and not being held back by your own fears.
Materials needed for Christmas Story Stones for the Nativity
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Stones or Pebbles – ours were collected from the beach but you can buy bags to use that are perfect.
How to Make your OWN Nativity Story Stones
I started by drawing all the outlines using a thin black pen (I would recommend this even if you are going to paint a Sharpie should work as well). Both the sets of pens I’ve used are easy to remove if you make a mistake, just give the stone a bit of a rub with a baby wipe and then try again when it’s dried off (if you use a sharpie or acrylic paint then nail polish remover is your friend especially with acetone in it).
I’ve also previously covered both my own hands and my children have drawn all over their hands in the pens and they were really easy to clean so I’m happy to report that these are pretty child-friendly!
The outlines only take a moment to dry and then I filled in some colour. Originally I was going to leave all the pens as black outlines but I was a little concerned that my kids wouldn’t know who was Mary and who was Joseph so the thicker pens came out for colouring. If you want to colour your Nativity story stones with paint I would recommend giving a few minutes between the layers of paint. The pens are fine to do on top of each other without bleeding and will still give great colours but with paints, if you do this too early the colours will blend a bit.
Give your stones a minute or two to dry and they are ready to share with your kids for them to use as a story prompt or to talk about the nativity story. These are also great for kids to make themselves and to display as a little nativity scene.
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Simple DIY Nativity Story Stones
- Stones or pebbles
- POSCA Pens
- Chalk Pens
- Mod Podge matt
- Draw the outlines of the characters in black POSCA pen.
- Use the chalk pens to fill in your black outlines. This makes it easy for a child to distinguish between some of the characters.
- For staying power. Use the matt Mod Podge to give the stones a coat and allow to fully dry.
Love decorating stones! Why not create your own stone game inspired by the book Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!
Make some wooden nativity ornaments with the kids to hang on the Christmas Tree.
Create your own Shadow Puppets to retell the story of the First Christmas with our FREE printable.
Help your child to understand the events that happened during the Nativity Story with our Nativity Story Sequencing Cards.