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James and the Giant Peach story stones

James and the Giant Peach story stones

We love making story stones and decorating rocks. We have built up quite a stash so have been taking a few out with us every day and hiding them around the neighbourhood. It’s been so lovely to see friends finding them and posting them on our local painted rocks Facebook page. It definitely encourages us to make more.

We recently told you about the theme for the 2018 Roald Dahl Day celebrations – James and the Giant Peach. A few years ago my son and I worked our way through all of Roald Dahl’s stories. When I mentioned James and the Giant Peach he was happy to think about the story and remember all the different characters. It inspired us to make a new collection of painted rocks and story stones.

James and the Giant Peach story stones

First we made our peach using a giant polystyrene ball which my son painted.

james and the giant peach craft

Next we made our James and the Giant Peach story stones. We already had a supply of smooth stones so we washed them and left them to dry in the sunshine.

james and the giant peach craft

We looked at the original drawings in our copy of James and the Giant Peach and used these as the basis for our story stones. We drew them on in pencil and went round them with our collecting of chalk pens.

james and the giant peach craft

We made a story stone for James, Earthworm, Centipede, Ladybird, Old Green Grasshopper, Glow-Worm, Silkworm, Miss Spider and a small peach.

james and the giant peach craft

They were fun to make and we’ve been using them with the 6 year old who decided she wanted to read James and the Giant Peach too. It makes such a good bedtime story!

You may also be interested in our other Roald Dahl posts:
The Gloriumptious Worlds of Roald Dahl
Exploring The BFG Dream Jar Trail in London
The BFG’s Grobswitchy cake
Recipe for The BFG’s Frobscottle drink
The best crafts for kids to celebrate Roald Dahl’s The BFG
Make an edible Mr Twits gingerbeard biscuit
15 crafts for celebrating Roald Dahl Day
George’s Marvellous Medicine mud kitchen activity
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-inspired chocolate play dough


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    August 14, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    What a fabulous craft. I genuinely liked this and could see doing it with my little girl. Thanks for a great idea.

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    Emma @ Adventures of a London Kiwi
    August 14, 2018 at 10:23 pm

    These are so lovely – my nephews are going to LOVE this the next time I babysit!

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    Angela Milnes
    August 17, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    These are super cool. I love story stones and painting them and these are a fab idea!

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    Iris Tilley
    August 20, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    Granddaughter’s been doing these stone/pebble pictures Great fun

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