Kid Craft: Stones of Remembrance
I was reading the Bible’s Old Testament story in which the leaders of Israel brought stones from the middle of the river and piled them up in a huge pile, one for each tribe. These particular stones were not little ones, but were so large that the leaders had to carry them on their shoulders. When the children saw the pile of stones and asked about them, they were told about how God had delivered them.
When I read the story, I thought, “What a great idea: stones of remembrance.” Of course, we probably don’t want to make the kind that have to be carried on the shoulders, but rather stones that can be carried in the hand. A family could have a whole bowl of stones and each person could tell stories of what has happened, or what they are thankful for. It can be adapted to match any faith tradition, so this craft is for anybody. That’s what we’ll be making for this month’s craft. It will be a perfect craft for outdoors.
— one (or more) smooth, clean stone(s) for each person
— acrylic paints & brushes (acrylic markers also work, instead of or in addition to paints & brushes)
— clear spray paint (as a preservative)
— protective covers for work areas and clothes
1. On a hike, gather fist-sized smooth stones, at least one per person.
2. Wash the rocks, if necessary, to be sure they are clean. Also, be sure they’re completely dry. A hair dryer would speed the drying process if necessary.
3. Decide what you are illustrating, and how you will show it. Some may want to draw the picture lightly with pencil before painting.
A note of caution: simple pictures are usually better than complicated ones.
4. Paint the picture on one side of the stone, and allow to dry completely.
5. On the back of the stone, write what is represented, the artist’s name, and the date. You may want to put this information on a small piece of paper and glue it on, rather than try to paint it. This information will be more important as time passes.
6. When this side is also dry, spray everything with the clear spray in order to preserve it. Of course, do one side at a time, and more coats are better.
7. When you go back inside, display your works of art in a pretty glass bowl.