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Sibling Activity: Rock Painting for Kids

When I traveled to St. John’s, Newfoundland, last month, I found a rock. But not just any rock.

 

It was a painted rock with a message to post a selfie with the rock on their Facebook group! I thought it was such a fun idea!

 

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The premise of these groups is to get their members to paint rocks and spread them in the community for others to find. Some will leave inspirational quotes or kind words that could make someone’s day!

 

When I came back, I looked to see if we had one in our community – and we do! It also made me realize how popular rock painting has become!

 

I was so excited to take part in this community activity with the boys!

 

So today I’ll be sharing how we painted the rocks with both Little J and Little N (yes, even the 13 month old painted with us!).

 

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It’s actually quite an easy activity to do and it calmed down Little J before bed time. He was so concentrated on his work! I hadn’t seen him this focused in a while!

 

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MATERIALS

 

  • Acrylic paints
  • Sealant (either mod podge or aerosol sealant)
  • Rocks

 

SETUP

 

First off, if you can, go for a walk with your kids for them to pick the rocks. Or send them into the backyard and tell them to come back with the most beautiful rocks they can find!

 

While they do that, setup your painting space.

 

As I do with all my painting activities, I like to make sure I’m prepared for any scenario. So I place a plastic tablecloth on the table, put a plastic bag on the toddler to cover his clothes (because Acrylic paint doesn’t wash off and I don’t have a painting apron for him…).

 

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I also made sure to cover Little N’s high chair tray with a black plastic bag. I needed him contained and needed to make sure the high chair wasn’t going to get ruined.

 

Then, setup the paint and brushes on the table, as well as plates to paint the rocks on.

 

Once they’ve collected their rocks, give them a quick cleaning with a cloth to get rid of any dirt and create a clean smooth surface.

 

Sit everyone down and have a painting party! This could be a fun birthday party activity as well!

 

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Make sure to seal the paint with your sealant so the rocks are protected from the weather once you place them outside.

 

Once it’s all dry, go for a walk and hide your rocks for others to find!

 

Have you ever done rock painting? Do you have a rocks group in your community?

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