Stacking stones are meant to be very calming. I didn’t really put this activity together for that reason (although if it helps calm YC and EC when they’re angry then that is a bonus). I put it together as a building challenge for BB. We play a lot with building blocks and dominos, so these rainbow stacking stones are just another element to add to his creative play.

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To make your own rainbow stacking stones you will need:

  • Smooth river stones
  • Acrylic paint
  • Modge Podge

We spent a week of the summer holidays at the beach in Cornwall, which was the perfect opportunity to find smooth flat stones.

Before you start painting them leave them to soak for a bit in some boiling water. This will help to kill any bacteria that maybe lurking on them.

Of course you don’t have to paint them, but I really liked the idea of rainbow stacking stones. They are more likely to draw BB’s attention.

painting them while watching Aladdin.

Acrylic paints work best for this. Add thin coats to each stone. Make sure you wait for them to dry before adding extra layers.

To keep the paint from chipping I added a final layer of modge podge to each stone.

rainbow stacking stones

BB found it hard to build the tower above a couple of stones, but he certainly liked knocking my stacks down.

If you enjoyed these rainbow stacking stones be sure to check out my acorn colour matching activity, memory jar, and rainbow cakes.

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Rainbow stacking stones for use in creative play and as a calming activity.

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Nanny Anita
Norland Nanny

Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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