Saturday, March 24, 2012


When it's not possible to get outside, it is always wonderful to get a little bit of nature inside!  Inspired initially by the awesome alphabet rocks over at I am Momma - Hear me Roar I went a little crazy over the summer and collected literally DOZENS of rocks and stones when I went camping by a beautiful river out in the Mongolian countryside.  I was fascinated by the qualities of the beautiful rocks I found, the different shapes and sizes, and how amazingly colourful they became once dipped in water!  I was like a child in a lolly shop!

With those stones I made my own alphabet set, and the children have explored them occasionally (considering the letters are those of a language other than their own- I recently made a Mongolian set too)


Around that time I also saw the lovely story stones that were made over at Pre-school Play and have been meaning to make some ever since, but just never got around to it.  So, this past week when the children came they found a stone drawing invitation laid out.

Monday we only had a small group, so we brought out the invitation again on Wednesday when we had a bigger group.  The children were quite interested in the notion of decorating, mark-making and drawing on the stones.

There was great concentration, and careful work...

And the end results were vivid and varying:

From the joy of making a mark...
drawing people...
creating connecting scenes...
and exploring literacy- Mishel wrote (by sounding out and invented spelling) the names of all of the children in the group on one of her stones!

Some children stayed for only a few moments, others stayed focused for quite some time, but everyone had time to explore and to pursue as they liked.  Here is the final roll call:

We will get to making stories with these someday, but for now the children enjoyed simply exploring and the opportunity for art making using another medium.  Have YOU tried drawing on a stone lately?  If not you should, it is actually very satisfying! J


  1. Great Creative work, Naomi. We are so proud of you and thankful to God for the gifts He has given to you. Love you much. Dad and Mum

  2. Hi Naomi,
    I LOVE your blog, and I'm finding it very inspiring and engaging. I love following your journey as a teacher and learner. Thanks for sharing!
    Sarah S. in Russia

  3. Thanks Miss Sarah! Send me a link to your blog would you? I'd love to check it out! :-)

  4. These are amazing - sorry to keep adding comments but I am loving your blog!! I just love the childrens' drawings & such a simple idea.

  5. Don't apologise for adding comments- thanks for taking the time to read and comment!! I love the simplicity of this too. I recently presented the idea to some Mongolian kindergarten teachers- they were likewise quite taken with it and its simplicity... and the fact that it is so easy to come by stones here, and they are FREE! Yes... this is a good experience to explore time and time again :-)