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Is it just my kids or do young kids in general seem to have a fascination with rocks? QBoy, in particular, is always picking up small rocks and putting them in his pocket to take home. And both kids have a bag sitting on our counter that we use to add any new rocks they have managed to pick up.
QBoy had been asking for a while to paint his rocks, so one afternoon while they kids were napping I set up a rock painting invitation to play
To prepare for this activity, I gathered the following materials:
- paints (in our no-spill paint cups)
- an assortment of brushes
- a large container of water (to wash the rocks)
- a small container of water (to wash the brushes)
- a washcloth
The kids noticed their painting shirts before we had gone outside, so they knew they were going to do some painting. But their eyes got really big when they saw the supplies on the table and realized they were going to be painting their rocks.
XGirl immediately took the sponge brush to paint her first rock red. I love how her lower lip is sticking out in concentration in this photo. 🙂
QBoy started with yellow paint.
But eventually, he experimented with all sorts of different colors.
The kids stayed hard at work painting their rocks for quite a while. I love it when an activity engages them for as long as this one did.
After a while, QBoy surprised me by deciding to rinse off his rocks. Not to wash dirt off of new rocks, mind you, but to strip the paint off the rocks he had already painted!
So then both kids decided to give their rocks a bath.
And then of course, once the paint was washed off, it was time to paint them again! 🙂
Eventually, the kids moved on from painting their rocks to painting their finger nails.
And their hands.
More mess to clean, but all in good fun. 🙂
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- Upcycled crayons
- Leaf collages
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