Many people are natural born storytellers—they just don’t know it. This activity challenges participants to create a story with the help of the words written on three stones.
To make the story stones:
To use the story stones:
My dog, Stanley, loves to spend the day at the beach. He is most joyful when digging in the sand or splashing in the ocean. Normally dogs are not allowed on the beach, but Stanley is an exception. He is a surfing dog and can “hang ten” on a board better than most humans. People come from miles around to see him in action. Next, I’m going to teach him how to sign autographs.
At the stroke of midnight, my otherwise responsible and serious mother becomes quite silly. She has been known to wake up out of a dead sleep, get out of bed, and start dancing. She blames it on restless leg syndrome. My father blames it on hormones gone berserk. No matter the cause, I’ve gotten some hilarious videos that I used to post on YouTube until my mother found out. 3. Then ask the storytellers to pick one stone from each row and have them tell a story using the words they selected. 4. You can change the words as often as you want by wiping off the marker with a damp paper towel. Make storytelling with stones a recurring activity.
|Group Size||Time of Day||Duration||Acuity Level|
|1 on 1
Small (2 - 4)
Medium (5 - 8)
|Any||30 minutes||Assisted Living
Depression, Isolation, Mobility Loss, Vision Loss
Covid-19 Seat participants six-feet apart. Designate one person to turn the stones over or have the facilitator perform the action. Dementia Use only two categories. Have storytellers pick one stone from each row and have them tell a story using the two words they selected. To make the program more challenging: Have storytellers pick two stones from each row and have them tell a story using the words they selected.