If you children are anything like mine then they will always return form an outing with some sort of treasure. We are lucky to live five minutes from a beach and I have to check the boys pockets each time we come home as they always have stones in them.
Stones or beach pebbles are so tactile and make a great crafting and activity material and I am going to be using them for this week’s something for the weekend, so do come back on Friday to see what we have been doing with the ones they collected this weekend.
One of our most favourite things to do with stones is to add them to our memory jar.
Fab materials for working with stones
Memory stones are so simple to make, but are perfect for using to encourage crafting and also to help instill memories in children. We make them each summer to record what we have done and the boys adore making them.
All you need are some pens, sharpies are great for this and some stones, oh and a jar to put them in.
We like to place them in a clear jar so we can look at them and watch as they increase over the summer.
When I saw this great activity over at Happy Hooligans I knew I had to include it. You do not need any artistic ability just some pictures and glue. Jackie explains how she did it, so go and take a look.
The boys made these stone pets way back in 2009 when they were only 4 and 3! They have really stood the test of time and are so simple to make.
- Acrylic paint
- Googly eyes
- Paint the stones with acrylic paint and allow to dry.
- Use different colour paint to add your decorations
- Glue on eyes
If we make these again, I will varnish them with a clear polyurethane varnish so we can put them in the garden.
This post is part of Cratulate’s guide to 50 craft materials.