My kids and I are spending a lot of time in our backyard. But living in the Midwest means the weather is still just so-so, and we can’t garden. So what are we to do? Have fun with rocks and make art with rock decorating ideas.
Think of rocks like a blank canvas. The possibilities are endless! You also don’t necessarily need any paint either to create a masterpiece. Step one: go on a scavenger hunt, collect as many rocks as you can in all shapes and sizes, and clean them off. Step two: start creating.
Encourage your kids to sort the rocks by shape and color (we love our sorting activities!) Then, start organizing them into designs, like flowers. Alternatively, glue the rocks onto other surfaces, like outdoor planters. Want some unique candlesticks using rock art? Put the largest rock on the bottom, then get stacking with some glue reinforcement along the way.
Make Rock Art Using Paint
The materials are easy: rocks, paint, paintbrushes, water, and towels or paper towels to protect surfaces and to clean up. Acrylic paint typically works best for rocks, but you could also use Sharpie markers, paint pens, or outdoor craft paint, especially if you plan to put the rocks back outside.
While I’m all for encouraging my kid’s creativity by having them create whatever they want, here are some ideas to get you started with rock art:
- Silly faces
- Bugs and animals, like ladybugs, snails, turtles, or bees. (Bonus: you could create two sets of animals and use them in games like tic tac toe)
- Turn the rocks into plants, like cacti.
- Fruit and vegetables, like pretend strawberries, eggplant, carrots, and more. (Just remind your kiddos to not eat them).
- Small rocks? Turn them into seeds or flower petals and affix them to popsicle sticks.
For the younger kiddos, you could also encourage them to paint each rock just one color. Once they’re done, line them up outside so they look like rock caterpillars, for example.
Decide How You’ll Display Your Rock Artwork
While you could keep your lovely creations at home in flower pots, consider putting them out. In the front yard, neighbors can see the fabulous rock art. In the backyard, add them to your garden to give it some extra color and character. With rock painting the world is your oyster. Literally, you could paint a rock to look like an oyster.