THE IDEA: Paint some of the many rocks we’ve collected this summer.
We came home from Yosemite with more pint-sized pieces of granite than I’d like to admit. Pair that with the fact that the little explorer picks up at least one such treasure from nature on each of our nightly walks and you can imagine how high our rock pile has grown.
The time had come to try putting them to good use in our backyard. To recreate this activity, you’ll need:
- Acrylic pens or acrylic paint & brushes
- Stickers (optional)
- Plastic eyeballs (optional)
We sat down on the grass in our backyard with a small collection of our favorite rocks. Both explorers were quick to start decorating some with the acrylic pens I’d purchased just for the occasion.
I chose pens instead of paintbrushes so the little explorer would be able to draw something on the rocks’ small surfaces.
After scribbling on a few, the little explorer went for the stickers I had unintentionally kept in the same bag as the pens. Suddenly, he was creating like mad.
Meanwhile, the big explorer was asking for plastic eyeballs so he could make a rock creature. The result was “Rocky,” who now has a special place next to the big explorer’s bed.
When the kids were done creating, they placed the rocks around our garden. I love discovering the little hidden treasures when I’m watering or wandering. I’ll be keeping them there as long as they’ll stay.
Painting rocks can be as simple or elaborate as your kids want. For best results:
- Let toddlers use stickers. The little explorer used the paint pens but seemed to have a lot more fun putting stickers on his rocks. The more glittery the stickers, the better!
- Show off your creations. We sprinkled our rocks throughout the garden. They’re a fun decoration and a great reminder of our summer adventures.
MORE IDEAS FOR OUTDOOR FUN
Looking for more inspiration to get outside? Here are a few of my favorite ideas this week:
- Catch butterflies with your very own butterfly nets
- Make your own teepee
- Build a nature sculpture
- Design a fairy petal crown
- Join the 30-Day Outdoor Challenge over at Kids Discover Nature
- Or try one of these 50 ways to explore nature in your own backyard