Have you ever done rock painting? It is a great way to spend time outdoors with your children. The first thing you will need to do is to collect some rocks. Part of the fun of rock painting is the hunt for the rocks. Smooth flat rocks are best for most rock painting projects, but irregular shapes can also spark the imagination.
Once you have collected your rocks you will need to wash them with soapy water to remove any dirt. Rinse the rocks with clean water and then let them dry in the sun before painting. Base coating your rocks is optional but is recommended. While you’re waiting for the base coat of paint to dry, it’s the perfect time to plan your design according to the size and shape of the rock. It’s fun to let your children use their imaginations to determine what the rocks look like, and then paint them accordingly.
Use acrylic paints, paint brushes, paint pens and permanent marker pens to create your rock art. It’s fun to create flowers, insects, animals, fruits and vegetables, words of inspiration, happy faces, etc.
After your paint dries, the final step is to protect your rock art by spraying it with an aerosol spray sealer. Sealing the painted rock will provide a moisture barrier that will protect it from fading or being damaged over time by the weather. Be sure to seal your painted rocks outside in a well-ventilated area, as the smell can be very strong.
This is an activity that kids are sure to love. And leaving a colorful painted rock on someone’s front step is a fun and creative way to add a little sunshine and happiness to someone’s day!
Author – Vicki Starks: Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative Early Childhood Education Associate for Fayette County