Get Outside & Connect Activity week # 15 — Collect and Paint Rocks
This weeks activity is to collect rocks and then paint them. When your finished you can display them in your yard, garden, nature table, or wherever else suits your fancy.
My 2 1/2 year old daughter and I had a great time doing this. It was her first time painting rocks, and my first time in years. I had not painted rocks since I was a kid. It was so much fun I wondered why I hadn’t done it in so long!
We collected and painted our rocks over several days. We found rocks on our daily walks and would come home to paint them. I highly encourage each of you to do the same. It was great to get outside collecting rocks, and it was wonderful to bond with my daughter painting rocks in the spring sunshine.
- Rocks [Flat smooth rocks work best]
- Acrylic Paint
- Acrylic sealer
- Paint brushes
- A surface to work on
- Collect Rocks
- Wash rocks & allow to dry
- Set up an area to paint
- Paint rocks
- Allow to dry
- Paint a layer of Acrylic Sealer on top of your design [Optional. Extends life of color and protects.]
- Enjoy placing them around your yard, garden, home
Our rocks above turned out nice. We love them! They look great out in our yard and garden, but they are nowhere near as creative as some others I have seen. My daughter painted a few, I painted a few, and we painted some together.
You can see the difference between rocks with sealer and rocks without sealer above. The rocks on the top left have no sealer, while the rocks both below and to the right have had an acrylic top coat sealer applied. [They look better with a sealer don’t they?]
Once I started writing this post I went and had a look around at what other people have done. I was amazed at the creativity that I found. For further inspiration, I have added a few links to some beautiful, creative, fun, and/or useful ways to paint rocks that I discovered.
Links to Amazing Examples of Painted Rocks
- How to Make Painted Rocks by Bellisimakids
- Painted Rocks – Art Therapy by Buntwerkstatt
- Rock Painting! Sumer Survival Kids Craft by A Girl and a Glue Gun
The last link is a roundup that contains lots of fantastic examples including cactus rocks and garden markers. Once I started looking I was amazing at what was out there. There were just too many awesome painted rocks to include. I recommend doing a Pinterest search for yourself just to see how awesome some of these painted rocks are!
I wish I had looked before we started, but I’m glad we didn’t because now I’m inspired to paint more rocks. It really is therapeutic. Even my spirited daughter was able to focus and paint for quite a while.
Now that I have learned some more tricks from the posts above I can’t wait to paint some more rocks! I will be trying out different types of brushes, paint pens, and sharpies to try my hand at some more detailed rock artistry.