With rain settling in for the long weekend, we wanted to share one of our favorite activities that includes both indoor and outdoor fun–rock painting! You have likely heard of “kindness rocks” or “615 rocks!” or some of the other names these little creations go by, but no matter what you call them, the overall gist is that you paint rocks, seal them, then leave them somewhere in your city to bring someone a smile down the road.
If your family has not done this yet, we HIGHLY recommend it for all ages (or we recommend doing it again!). There are so many reasons we love this activity. It incorporates fine motor skills, planning, creativity and art. Depending on where you want to hide your rocks, you can sneak in some hiking and outdoor exploration. And, potentially best of all, at the end of the activity you leave the rocks somewhere else–no additional art projects lying around your house!
This really takes very little preparation, though a short trip to the craft store may be in order depending on your current supplies. Here’s what you do:
- Get some rocks. You can find them outside or buy them. We chose to buy them at the craft store so that they would have a smooth surface and be easier for young kids to paint.
- Use acrylic paints to decorate your rocks. We got a giant box of mixed colors for less than $10, but we also got some medium point paint pens. The paints with brushes were fun, but the paint pens allowed for a little more precision.
- Decide whether you want your rocks to be part of a bigger group. We did ours as part of “615 rocks!”, a Facebook group where people often post pictures after they find a rock. To be part of a group like this, you just request to join and post pictures if you are lucky enough to find one! Also, you write the Facebook symbol and “615 rocks!” on the back of your rocks in the hopes that someone will one day post yours. About a week after hiding, one of ours was posted on the group page, which was incredibly fun to see!
- Seal your rocks. We used Aleene’s Acrylic Sealer Gloss Finish, and it dried very quickly and seemed to protect our creations.
- Go explore and hide your rocks! Don’t make them too hard to find (the whole point is to bring a smile to someone’s face when they find it), but do use this as an excuse to explore a new area or walk around one of your favorite parks!