Kid Craft: Painting Rocks
It’s April already and the weather is as undependable as can be, so I have planned an outdoor activity which is easy to move indoors if necessary.
Clean Rocks (The sizes are up to you)
Paints (I prefer acrylics for this project. You can buy small bottles fairly cheaply at Walmart or similar stores.)
Table covers if needed
Spray Acrylic Paint to finish the work, especially if it is to be left outside for yard art. (This gives a nice sheen to any hard-surfaced artwork.)
The first step is to choose the rocks and this may be done as part of the activity if you have smooth rocks available in or near your home. However, if you do not, the rocks must be found as part of a separate activity, or a search by the parents. (Think field trip or trip to the home improvement store.)
Note on rocks: You may choose anything from child-fist sized rocks to stepping stones for the garden. You and your children should decide ahead of time what type of project you want.
The next step is to make sure the rocks are CLEAN and DRY. This may be another activity, but is ideal and lots of fun for outdoors on a warm day!
The “Real” Activity
As a parent, you may have chosen to do the above preparation steps yourself, or had the older children do them in advance ofthis “real” activity.
Now, with surfaces protected as needed, paint (decorate) the rocks. I encourage parents and older children to get involved in this step. Have different sizes of brushes available for different applications. Acrylic paint dries fairly quickly, so it is easy to cover a mistake or put one color next to another. bove all, don’t criticie Remember, you can’t always tell what the great artists have painted, either! They are beautiful designs!)
When the rocks are dry, spray with the clear acrylic spray and display appropriately. If small, they will look great as a conversation piece in a (clear glass) bowl. If larger, put felt on the bottom and use as paperweights. Of course, the stepping stones go without saying.
I suggest that as a very last step, after the spray is dry, that you write the initials of each artist on the bottom with a Sharpie-type permanent marker. They will remember on the day of creation, and maybe for a day or two after, but memory fades rather quickly. You want to be able in the future to give credit where it is due!
Sherryl LaPointe, a retired teacher and children’s minister, lives with her husband, Harris, and dog, Muffin, in Gulfport. They enjoy frequent visits from their daughter, Linette. Sherryl enjoys pursuing many hobbies including crafts, art and writing.