Creating colorful rocks in preschool

We read the delightful little story You be You by Linda Kranz and enjoyed creating our own colorful rocks…

Creating colorful rocks by Teach Preschool

You be You is about a little fish who swims through the sea, taking note of all the different types of fish he sees.  He sees fish that are big, fish that are small, fish that swim up, and fish that swim down.  It is a fun book that explores how everyone is different.  What makes this book unique is the beautiful illustrations.  Kranz created all of the fish in her story out of smooth stones. Each design is different and they are all so interesting…

Creating colorful rocks by Teach Preschool

When Deborah finished reading the story, she got out a small bag of stones that were designed similar to the fish in book…

Creating colorful rocks by Teach Preschool

The children each picked a stone fish story token out of the bag and then lined them up on the floor according to their size…

Creating colorful rocks by Teach Preschool

Then the children played a movement game with their story tokens.  Deborah read the story again while the children acted out the scenes from the book.  They moved and swam like a fish to the right, and then to the left.  They swam like a fish up, and then down…

Creating colorful rocks by Teach Preschool
After finishing their game, the children then went off to explore more rocks throughout the classroom.  At one of our centers, there were smooth, flat river rocks (some were purchased from the Dollar Tree and others were collected by the children) and markers for children to create their own rock designs…

Creating colorful rocks by Teach Preschool
The children drew whatever they liked on their stones.  Some children just colored on their stones with their favorite colors…

Creating colorful rocks by Teach Preschool

While others tried to create fish, like in our story…

Creating colroful rocks by Teach Preschool

When the day was done, each child had a nice collection of rocks to take home.  They each took home their story token fish as well as the colorful rocks that they had created…

Creating colorful rocks by Teach Preschool

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Links to grow on:
Making story stones in Preschool by Teach Preschool
Mood stones by Happy Whimsical Hearts
Treasure rocks by Memetales

By |2013-03-19T06:00:41+00:00March 19th, 2013|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. barbara March 19, 2013 at 7:29 am - Reply

    Hi, I’m having trouble pinning from your site. Just wanted you to know in case others were too. When i go to your pinterest board, i don’t see your recent activities such as rainbows and now the rocks. Thanks. Barbara

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 19, 2013 at 7:40 pm - Reply

      I noticed that too Barbara. I think Pinterest is having issues with their new system (New Look) and now I can’t see all my boards from before. I have sent them a message asking to fix it so hopefully we will get the boards all back up and running right away. Now as far as having trouble pinning from my site – I haven’t heard anything about that or am not having trouble with it. Let me know if you continue to have problems and I will look over things from my end too. Thanks for the heads up!!

  2. Lauren March 19, 2013 at 8:33 am - Reply

    Cute idea! I was just wondering where to find the river rocks (other than people’s yards 😉 ). I’ll have to check our Dollar Tree.

  3. Jenn March 19, 2013 at 10:56 am - Reply

    My daughter loves reading “Only One You”. A great idea making your own fishy rocks! Will check out “You Be You” and definitely do some rock painting!

  4. Mrs. P March 20, 2013 at 7:53 am - Reply

    Lovely project! I love Kranz’s books. I did a great project with her book “Only One You” with 2nd graders and had them make paper plate fish designed the way she paints her rocks. The children also added speech bubbles with words of wisdom–some of their words of wisdom were so cute (and very true!). You can check out the post here:
    Thank you for posting! Mrs. P

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 20, 2013 at 10:32 pm - Reply

      They are beautiful Mrs. P! I hadn’t even thought of making paper plate fish but this gave you all a wonderful (and larger) canvas to work with and build on this beautiful book. I love it and thank you for taking the time to share!

  5. MIRIAM FERNANDEZ BORASO March 20, 2013 at 6:33 pm - Reply

    great idea! I can’t believe that we can colour the rocks with markers! it’s great!
    thanks for sharing!

  6. Debs March 24, 2013 at 11:14 pm - Reply

    Love the idea of making them into fish! Would look so cool sitting in a fish bowl… hmm lol
    Thanks for including the treasure rocks post we wrote for Memetales 🙂 x

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