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.

Easy Rock Painting Activity For Kids

When I posted our find on social media, I was inundated with people telling me about their local ‘rocks’ club. Apparently they are all over the UK and probably the world. How have I never heard of this before? It’s kind of like Geocaching, only all of them are found very randomly.

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.

We live by the beach and Evie is forever collecting rocks. What better way to make use of all the ones that have ended up in our house and garden, than turning them into something beautiful, to put a smile on someones face.

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?

Easy Rock Painting Activity For Kids

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

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.


Easy Rock Painting Activity For Kids

When we decorated our rocks, we did have to layer our designs a couple of times. So, we’d colour them all in, leave them to dry and then come back and add some more. Although the paint pens come out really well on the first layer and they are so easy to use, I did really want our designs to be a little more vibrant, hence double and sometimes triple layers. I think they turned out so well.
Evie had a lot of fun helping to decorate these too. Although they look good, I’m also going to be buying some acrylic paints and mod podge (to make them weather proof) from Amazon and we’ll try painting rocks that way too to see if it comes out better. I always really love the super colourful, vibrant and perfect looking rocks and apparently that is the best way to create those ones. Watch this space, as I’ll share that post too.

Easy Rock Painting Activity For Kids

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?

What do you think of this easy rock painting activity for kids? Have you heard of rock painting before and rock clubs? Let me know in the comments below.



  1. April 27, 2018 / 12:21 pm

    What a fantastic activity to do with kids! And I will definitely be keeping a look out for rocks in our local area, and joining in with this as well!

  2. April 30, 2018 / 11:17 am

    This looks like such a fun thing to do with the kids. I love that they can be hidden for others to find. I have never seen any before so I am going to have to keep my eyes peeled.

  3. April 30, 2018 / 1:23 pm

    We have been doing a lot of these at home but with brushes which can look so messy! Need to get some of these pens for our craft box.

  4. April 30, 2018 / 1:55 pm

    They look gorgeous! We have a rock program here but it seems to have lost momentum at the moment. About 12 months ago you would find rocks everywhere and it was so much fun for the kids to re-hide them again!

  5. May 1, 2018 / 12:31 am

    I had no idea that there was such thing as a rock club but I can see why rock painting appeals to so many people. I love the vibrant and colourful designs.

  6. May 1, 2018 / 7:22 am

    This is something my nephew would love for sure, I was never one for painting as a kid spent too much time chasing my brother around lol.

  7. May 1, 2018 / 8:35 am

    What a great idea! I wonder if it’s found its way to Sweden? I will keep a look out – bet it’s so exciting to randomly find a pretty rock. Yours are gorgeous and what a brilliant activity for kids!

  8. May 1, 2018 / 8:42 pm

    Going to buy these acrylic paint pens asap as ive been looking for them everywhere! I’ve never heard of a rock club before but I love the sound of painting some rocks and then putting them in new places for people to find, it sounds so lovely. Going to get little bear to try this.

  9. May 1, 2018 / 10:08 pm

    We love painting rocks! We have been leaving some in our local park.

  10. May 2, 2018 / 9:52 pm

    I wish I’d have found this post a few hours ago. We love painting rocks and hiding them. Finding them is the best though and I’ll be getting those pens for the kids so we can do more decorating

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