Nature Play: 10 cool things kids can do with…stones

I have always loved collecting stones, as  a child (and still today) my pockets often have at least a few precious stones in.

I love the feel of them, the shape, the lovely earthy colours. My children love this too and we have had so much fun playing with stones we have found.

It is of course an ancient and  natural practice to communicate,  play and create art with stones. It is about being outside, working with the elements, appreciating the natural world…with not a hint of plastic in sight.

Nature play is the best and nature provides the very best crafting materials.

Here are 10 cool things to do with stones…

Make pet rocks

Tell stories with them

Handmade Story Stones |, nature play

Make a  memory jar with them

Make message gifts

Build with them

Make a village!

Stone Craft Fairy Village

stone craft houses

Paint them

Build a dam

Tic tac toe

Skim them

What a treasure trove of ideas all which cost practically nothing.

Huge thanks to the creative contributors.


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  1. What a great collection of ideas. Stones are so tactile and we love painting them. Thank you so much for including our stones activity x
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  2. My friend had them as place settings for their wedding on the beach! Fabulous ideas here!
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  3. LOVE these ideas! The little houses are GORGEOUS! Thanks for the inspiration x
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  4. Fab round up. Pinned
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  5. otilia says:

    So many nice activities! I really like the make a village one :) Pinned
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  6. Nikki Thomas says:

    There are some brilliant ideas there Becky. I love the idea of story telling with them and the home made tic tad toe. We have a lovely collection of pebbles that we collected from the beach last summer and I shall see them in a whole new light now.

  7. If there are two things my boys love playing with outside, it’s sticks…. and stones. This gives me some great ideas for what to do with the rocks they bring home from the park.
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  8. Oh how I love that noughts and crosses board. How beautifully simple is that?

    Doyou know I have never learned to skim a stone? I just cant do it. Mr B did 16 bumps with one stone once. I was in awe.
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  9. Ahhhhh…heaven. Beautiful post Becky, thank you so much for featuring our little village – you’ve reminded me that we need to add to it, a perfect thing to pass the time on this gloomy Sunday! We saw the Stone Balancer on Lyme Regis beach a few years ago – I must dig out the photos, he’s fab!
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  10. Gorgeous, I am determined to make the girls a stone village this year! Well help them make one of course :)
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  11. These are brilliant ideas…. painted stones always look so pretty. Which is the best paint to use though? Acrylic? :o)
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  12. Mum of One says:

    Ah, thank you for the birthday wishes and what a fantastic post. I recently painted an entire alphabet set of stones for the boy and he loves them :) Thanks so much for sharing with the Monday #pinitparty. I have pinned.
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  13. These are such brilliant ideas! At the moment my children just like shovelling gravel into a wheelbarrow, or just into a heap, but they will one day have the fine motor skills for some of these ideas. Thanks for the inspiration! #parentingpinitparty

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