One of the hottest trending children's "toys" out there is a simple stone, a Story Stone. Story Stones are all over Etsy, Pinterest and local markets too. They are simple to make and give hours of creative fun for your entire family.
A Story Stone is simply a stone that has an image on it that helps spark a story. To play with them you paint or modge-podge a collection of images onto rocks and place in a bag. You can play with one person by having them choose a rock and start a story, pick another rock and add a little more until your tale is told.
In a group setting have one person pick a rock and tell a sentence and then pass the bag onto the next person who chooses a story stone and adds another sentence, and so on. For children who are very young, you can have them draw their story after choosing a rock. I love this game because it gets everyone talking and laughing together...and the stories never end!