Yep this is a basic and awesome craft. It seems a little lackluster, but there are so many ways to make this a fun craft.
*Jenny Tip – Make one rock a year, label that year on the bottom, put a clear coat on it and start a collection in your garden or flower bed. This is a great way to mark progress and have a keepsake collection for your kid(s)!
Super Simple = Mom Time
There is a certain joy and simplicity to easy crafts such as painting rocks.
- No prep time
- No special items needed
- Don’t have to give directions, kids can work independently
With your kids working independently you can accomplish things or just relax. While we did this craft, we listened to the Moana soundtrack, sang the favorite parts of the songs together and I read a book! How often do you get to sit down and read?
This worked because I sat at the same table that my daughter was painting the rock, therefore, I could see and hear everything!
These are super simple! Most people already have paint in their house. Don’t have any rocks on hand? Go for a walk and take a look at what you can find!
- Paint brushes/sponges
- Something to put paint in (I have this .97 wheel from Michael’s, but you can also use a muffin tin)
- Cup of water
- Paper towel
- Let your kid pick out a rock
- If they aren’t sure what they could make here are some hints. if you find a super tiny one, guide them to think about what animals are tiny, like ants! If they find an elongated smooth one, what animals are smoothe and long?
- Have the child wash the rock while you set up a paint station.
- We picked an area that is already paint stained and laid out two layers of craft paper. Laying down craft paper is a quick way to cleanup! Just throw it out!
- Then I gathered the paint brushes and put the paint on the paint tray.
- Let your kid paint! You grab a drink, a book, or even a basket of laundry that you need to fold. Or you can paint right next to them. It’s about being with your kid, talking or not!
- I also like to have music playing. Go with your mood, if you kid is acting a little crazy, throw on some classical study music to mellow the mood. If you want to spark emotion which can spark creativity, play their favorite songs.
- Find a spot where your kid can’t reach the rock so that it can dry. Clean up the mess.
Show me your rocks!
Let me see what you and your littles made! I love sharing in these crafts with you. You can post them on here or feel free to email them to me at Jenny@MakingitwithMommy.com
Happy Craft Making!