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Story Stones and Hanging Mobile Kit Activity Sheet

This kit includes your choice of 2 paint pens, wood slices (24pcs) and a DIGITAL online lesson plan. The Life of Colour Creative Kids Voucher kits were created in collaboration with a NSW early learning educator. Each of them comes with a fun activity sheet that will teach the kids new skills. The art supplies can be later reused for more educational creative fun!

Get your Wood Slice and Rock Painting Kit here

The first activity in the Wood Slice and Rock Painting kit is to make a set of "story wood slices" by using the stencils and the paint pens. These wonderful art supplies can be used for painting on any other surface of your home, including rocks and more!

As an extra activity, use the wood slices to make a fun decorative hanger! Prepare for the holiday season early, make a decor piece for your room or a cute gift for a friend.

Activity 1: Create a set of dinosaur story wood slices

Materials

  • Life of Colour paint pens (included in the kit)
  • Wood slices (included in the kit)Life of Colour stencil set (not included in this package but are available on our website)
  • Clear protective spray sealer or mod podge (optional)
  • Pencil

Parents: A good tip is to prime the wood slice with some cheap white acrylic paint so the kid can paint easily on the wood surface.

What are story stone sets?

Story sets are collections of painted pictures on rocks, wood slices, spoons, wooden blocks, etc that are used to tell a story.

Each object has a picture prompt - such as a character, scene or object to help the kids make up a whole story. 

You may choose to use your favourite storybook to create a set or improve the kid's imagination and story telling skills by creating a story of their own!

In this activity sheet we will be making a dinosaur story using each wood slice as a story element.

Key elements for our dinosaur story

Characters – you want a mixture of different characters for the story. A tyrannosaurus, pterodactyl, stegosaurus, triceratops.

Setting – Good examples would be things like a volcano, spooky cave or a dark forest. Since this is your story, you can also add magical fantasy elements like castles, a modern day setting, etc.

Problem – These are basically bad things that may occur during your story. It can be something small, like losing something important, not getting along with another character... or very big like a meteor!

Resolution – These are things that will sort out the problem. You can try to come up with a resolution for each of your problems, for example, a magical magnifying glass that finds missing objects or having a conversation to get along better, but not all problems in the story will have a solution

Making your own Story

To create your own set of story slices we also have a simple guide for you to follow:

Step one

Imagine your story characters, in this case we used some dinosaurs and magic characters... have fun and invent names for them! Who is the good dino, who are the bad dinos?

Sketch a few ideas on a piece of paper.

Step two

Use your Life of Colour paint pens to paint each wood slice background - you can choose any colours that you like from the paint pens that come in your kit!

Step three

Using your sketch, copy your character's outline in the wood slice by using a pencil.

Then pick one paint pen and paint the base of the character using one colour. For example, make the base of one dinosaur green, other one red, etc.

Wait for it to dry before the next step.

 

Step four

Use your paint pens to add details of contrasting colours in each of your dinosaurs. You can add spots, scales, lines... even funny accessories like a hat, glasses or a scarf!

You can also make trees or rocks to go with your dinosaur, so they have a lovely environment around them.

 

Step five

Make a few extra slices to tell a richer story. For example, you can make a nest with dinosaur eggs, an asteroid and an erupting volcano! 

Remember about the problems and resolutions to keep making new stories using the same story slices.

Step six

To protect your story slices, ask your parents to give them a light spray with a sealer or a layer of mod podge.

Step seven

Start telling stories and having fun! 

 

Using a storybook as inspiration

Since your paint pens will last you a long time, how about using a different material to make a new story? Let's learn how to make our own story stones based on a book.

You can keep using the paint pens on any surface in your home as well as using them on the wood slices that come with this kit.

This story stones set will be inspired by “The very hungry Caterpillar” by Eric CarleOn each page of this beloved book, words are written with a picture that shows you what the author is writing about.

These pictures can be used as a guide for you to look at to paint onto the stones (or the wood slices too). If you take your favourite images from each page you could retell “The very hungry Caterpillar” using your rocks

Once your story set is completed you can start retelling the story from the book or you could try making up a new story of your own!

 

Activity 2: Wood slice ornament

There are lots of ways to display your painted wood slices. The string provided with the wood slices can be used to attach to different items around the house or even a nice large stick that you find outside to make a hanging mobile for your room.

You could give them a Christmas look by painting some holly or a snowman on one side and hang them on the Christmas tree too.

Materials 

  • Life of Colour paint pens (included in the kit)
  • Wood slices (included in the kit)
  • String (included in the kit) and scissors
  • Life of Colour stencil set (not included in the kit but available in our website)
  • Clear protective spray sealer or mod podge (optional)
  • Pencil

Making a wood slice ornament

Step one

Paint the background of the wood slice, go a few steps above for more info on how to prime it.

Step two

Think of a theme for your ornaments, for example: Aussie animals, space, your favourite place in the world...

Step three

Draw one element into each wood slice.

Holiday idea: we added some hanging baubles to our dinosaur ornament and made another wood slice with a bauble and then added dinosaur prints from our stencils. 

Step four

Add some colour to your picture with your paint pens.

Step five

Add details to your drawings to make them stand out and be your own creation. You can write the name of a friend or your own name.

Step six

Ask a parent to help you coat your wood slice with sealant or mod podge.

Step seven

To complete your wood slice ornament, cut a bit of the string and place it through the hole. Tie the two ends together to make a loop.

 

Other fun ideas:

Get a sturdy stick from the backyard, tie 3 or 4 pieces of string of different lenghts and tie the wood slices you painted. If they have the same theme it will make a fantastic wall hanger for your room!

 

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