My Story Stones: Painted River Rocks

Every summer my family takes a trip to the Frio River, it’s a vacation that actually started with college friends 15 years ago and it is a highly anticipated vacation for everyone in the family, I guess you could say it’s our happy place. One of my kids favorite things to do, other than tubing down the Frio, is to collect river rocks. We have quite the collection of rocks that somehow make their way home, get scattered around the yard and house, and occasionally even end up in the wash.  This year however, I decided to put those vacation mementos to use and make our own My Story Stones with painted river rocks.

I teamed up with DecoArt to create these fun painted rocks and I’m sharing all of the details and a supply list on the DecoArt Blog, so make sure you head over there and check it out.

Painted rocks are actually a popular craft trend right now so it only seemed fitting that I finally got around to making this project that I’ve been wanting to create for over a year.  My oldest daughter is obsessed with writing stories, but she is always asking what she should write about.  Last Christmas while I was searching for gift ideas for her I stumbled on a set of Story Stones on Etsy and thought it was a brilliant idea.  But, they wanted $50 for a set of painted rocks! I knew I could make my own, but the holiday rush set in and I never got around to it. Fortunately our recent trip, a bucket full of river rocks and the new Americana Premium Acrylic Paint inspired me to finally tackle this project. 

The idea behind this simple craft is that the kids can use the painted rocks to spark their creativity and create their own stories with the rock prompts. This craft is perfect for all ages, and your kids don’t need to be able to write to play with these.  You can encourage your kids to write a story, draw pictures of a story or tell a story inspired by the rocks they draw from the bag.    






This is a great activity to encourage your kids creativity and to practice valuable writing skills.  Make a canvas bag to store the rocks and then you can take them with you on the go.  Stick them in your bag and take them to restaurants when dining out, or on long road trips..the possibilities are truly endless with this fun kid-friendly My Story Stones activity.  Make sure you head over to the DecoArt Blog for all of the fun details, products used and a glimpse at the stories my kids created with these rocks.


Mariah Leeson is the creative mind behind With a passion for celebrating, Mariah created Giggles Galore to inspire families to celebrate life’s little moments with creative, budget friendly ideas. She loves cooking, reading, crafting, hosting parties and most of all spending time giggling with her family.

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  1. I absolutely love these. Such a great idea!

  2. Adorbs! These are so cute and I love them! I would also love if you’d share them at my very first Reader Tip Tuesday:

    I hope to see you & these awesome rocks at the party! Have a great day…

  3. Visiting from Wined Down Wednesday. This is such a cute idea. My daughter made the planets for our grandson by painting rocks.

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