Today I am sharing an ‘easy rock painting activity for kids’. After a very random find, I think I’ve found my new favourite creative activity to do with my four year old.
I have seriously been living under a rock. All the puns intended! How have I not heard of ‘rock’ clubs and rock painting before?
Recently on a walk to our local woods, I found a beautiful rock which just so happened to have one of my favourite quotes on it. It was so pretty and was just nestled there, hidden between a couple of trees. I picked it up and turned it over. On the bottom of it, it said ‘Visit Hayle Rocks Facebook’. I investigated further and went onto Facebook to find out what it was all about.
Have You Found Your Local ‘Rocks’ Club?
I was so surprised to find a community of rock painters and finders. People going out of their way to find rocks on the beach and in the woods, taking them home, painting them with beautiful pictures and quotes and then hiding them again for any passer by to find. The idea behind it?
Not only is this a way to put a smile on someones face, but when you find one, you can then either leave it there, or move it on to someplace different for someone else to find. It’s also a good idea to join the group on the bottom of the rock and to upload a picture of your find, so its owner knows someone has seen it.
If you haven’t found any in your local area yet, definitely keep your eyes peeled. Or, why not make and hide your own? That’s exactly what we have been doing this week.
I also love that this is such a fun and easy activity for kids to get involved in. Who would have thought a random little find would give us something fun to do and also inspire me to write his ‘easy rock painting activity for kids’ post?
So, How Do You Paint Rocks?
It sounds pretty simple right? But when I grabbed regular paint and brushes, it just did not stick at all. I asked around to see how other people paint their rocks. Some people said they use mod podge and acrylic paints. Others varnish first and then use sharpies and some more suggested using paint pens. I really wanted to do some drawing on ours and get Evie involved.
The easiest way for her to be able to help out, was for us to get some acrylic paint pens. We grabbed ours off Amazon. They weren’t that expensive and we are going to be making good use of them with other craft projects I have planned. These paint pens can be used to decorate other things, such as ceramics and glass, so we’re going to use them a lot in the future. Well worth the investment!
Easy Rock Painting Activity For Kids
Simply put down some newspaper, wash and dry the rocks and then begin decorating with your acrylic pens. Some good designs to start out with is ‘ladybirds’ or fruits and vegetables.
These are really easy to do, they look great and they’re great for practising your design skills.
I also love the idea of writing quotes for people to find.
I love the idea of someone finding an unexpected and positive quote and it helping to turn their day around.
We’re going to be making Evie some fruits and vegetables to use in her outdoor play kitchen and we’re also going to be making ‘ladybirds’ and ‘bees’ so we can make an outdoor ‘tic tac toe’ game.
Now It’s Time To Get Hiding…
We have hidden some of our rocks around our local area and I can’t wait to see if someone finds them. I’ve put my blogs Instagram on the bottom of our rocks, so people can tag me there is they find them. Do keep an eye on my Instagram page. I’ll share any updates of where ours have been found. I want to see how far they will get! Wouldn’t it be amazing if they ended up really far away? Or even abroad?