Story Stones and Sidewalk Scenes

For some cheap creative fun, draw on some rocks with a fine point permanent marker to make your own story stones. Once your characters and props are all made up, take them out to your driveway and…..

….with a little chalk, draw up some scenery for your imaginative story!
Emily loves to make up stories, so this activity kept her busy for a very long time. We had quite a tale going on here, involving lost kites, fire trucks to the rescue, and boats that fell over the edge of a very high waterfall. The drama! The excitement!
Of course, there were also trips to Grandma’s house, some minor fender benders, and one accident involving a car driving through a house. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured.
Emily asked if she could go back outside to continue with her story after dinner. She won’t have to twist my arm.
Have fun!!


  1. I love this. Collin loves to make up stories too. We have some story cards, but I really like the idea of making story stones. Thanks.

    The chalk Emily is using looks so vibrant. What kind is it? Our chalk never looks that nice.

  2. An Almost Unschooling Mom says

    Too clever!

  3. sunnymama says

    This is such a great idea! πŸ™‚

  4. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ Christy — They are cheap chalk pastels from Dick Blick. They are the store brand ones. We LOVE them!! I like the idea of story cards for a rainy day, but it was far too nice to be inside today. I've made note of the story card idea for the next time it rains!

  5. Oh I love this idea (again). I can see hours of great entertainment and then not much tidying up at the end. Perfect.

  6. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ Cheryl — Thanks! I think she's going to re-use the same stones again and again too. For such a simple activity, it kept her imagination going for a long time!

  7. Cathy at NurtureStore says

    I love this idea – and I know two other girls who will love playing this in our garden! Thanks for the idea.

  8. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ Cathy — How perfect! Have a great weekend! xoxo πŸ™‚

  9. Dear Valerie,

    My rocks!!!


    Those cars are built as strong as a rock.


  10. Tricia Orchard says

    What a great idea! I love it and will be trying it for sure this weekend!


  11. The Activity Mom says

    awesome love it

  12. Joyful Learner says

    We have story cards but this is far better! It's simply brilliant!

  13. EntertainingMom says


  14. Thanks for the fun idea. I can't wait to introduce it to the kids. They will love it. Hopefully it will warm up again for us sometime soon.

  15. Val in the Rose Garden says

    Oh wow! That is REALLY cute Val! I love it… what a great idea. πŸ™‚ They would be great to put into an Easter basket, too. πŸ™‚

    Love Val

  16. Val in the Rose Garden says

    Oooo… like a bunny and perhaps little red riding hood or something. Got my wheels turning now. πŸ˜‰

  17. Raising a Happy Child says

    Those story stones are awesome! I really love your ideas. Emily looks so engrossed in her play.

  18. Another great idea. I love this. How do you keep coming up with these?

    And of course we don't have a Blick's where we live. Argh. So miss living in a more urban area (still).

  19. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ Val in the Rose Garden — Ooooo… I love the idea of putting these in an Easter basket! Throw in a pack of chalk, and you're good to go!

  20. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ Ivy – Oh, that is sad, but they do have an online store!

  21. That is so cute! My kiddo is still at the age where she would rather just scribble scribble scribble with the chalk. The excitment of getting away with drawing on something thats not paper is just too much :p lol

  22. I have dug so many rocks out of my garden, I'm sure we should do this.

  23. This is an awesome idea! I love it.

  24. Just Breathe says

    That looks like allot of fun!

  25. How fun! I see a fairy chalk world in our future on the next sunny day (we're supposed to have snow again tomorrow…).

  26. Perfect! Now I can definitely do that one. She's so adorable all engaged in her story.

    You know… free idea coming… maybe you should write a children's book about a little girl and her story stones. Just dedicate it to me, m-kay?

  27. Catherine Anne says

    This is a great idea!

  28. katherinemarie says

    This is so FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!

  29. (V.Kerr) School Time Adventures says

    Wow, what a creative idea!

  30. JDaniel4's Mom says
  31. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ niku — Snow again?? Hope you have some sunny days ahead SOON!

    @ Petula — I love that idea!

    @ JDaniel4's Mom — Wow! Thanks so much for the award! I really appreciate it!! πŸ™‚

  32. Steph at Problem Solvin' Mom says

    Sweetpea will love this – as soon as it warms back up again I think I'll surprise her!

  33. what a great activity! you have so many easy, thrifty ideas.

  34. Wellspring Community School says

    What a creative and fun idea! I love it – especially for my car-loving two year old! A great way to let him outside and ensure that he'll stay on the patio. πŸ™‚

  35. These are beautiful, I totally love them!!!

  36. very clever! It would be fun to do at the beach too.

  37. This looks like so much fun, it almost makes me wish we lived in the city just so we could draw on the pavement! Well, not quite but it's a great idea for when we go to visit Grandma.

  38. I love this idea! I might have to utilize the several tons of rocks under my deck πŸ™‚

  39. Love this. Will definitely get the kids started on this before I start some seeds tomorrow. Perfect.

  40. Green Gumboots says

    Brilliant. Will definitely start the kids on this before I start starting seeds in the garden tomorrow!

  41. Money Saving Maine-iac says

    Hi Valerie;

    Your post inspired this post on my blog:

    Thank you for the fun idea,
    Money Saving Maine-iac

  42. says

    What a fabulous way to spend a spring day. I love this so much! Thanks for sharing, I'll be linking.

  43. I got about a hundred chalk pastels similar to your daughter's just for the heck of it, and I am 24. I've already used them several times. They are so much nicer than the ordinary variety! πŸ™‚ Speaking as an adult who loves drawing on sidewalks . . . . the ones I got were inexpensive, too, especially when hitting a free shipping sale. I'm considering donating some of my chalk to this year's VBS.

  44. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ Money Saving Maine-iac — That's wonderful! Thanks so much for posting about it! πŸ™‚

    @ Rachel at One Pretty Thing — Wow! Thanks so much for the link! I really appreciate it! πŸ™‚

  45. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ Jill — You're never too old for some sidewalk chalk fun! I think I have just as much, if not MORE fun than the kiddos do…. Hee hee!

  46. Love and Lollipops says

    What a terrific idea! My older son will just love this!

  47. Very fun and clever!

  48. I know this is an old post, but I just wanted to let you know that I’ll be including a link to it in a post I do this week, probably today (in the next hour if my son keeps napping!). πŸ™‚

  49. Thanks for reminding me where I had seen these before. I have added your link to my post.


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