Unique Rock Art Ideas to Inspire Kids

These rock ideas for kids are really fun and we hope they inspire kids of all ages to try making some unique rock art projects at home or in the classroom. Think of rocks like a blank canvas. The possibilities are endless! You also don’t necessarily need any paint to create a masterpiece. We have some fun rock ideas that you are going to love.

rock art idea - painted rocks that look like cactus sitting in gravel in plant containers
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Rock Ideas for Kids

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?

Let’s paint rocks!

Related: More fun easy rock painting ideas

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How to Get STarted with Rock Art

Step 1

Go on a rock scavenger hunt, collect as many rocks as you can in all shapes and sizes, and clean them off.

Oh, and if you want to skip the scavenger hunt, there are lots of cool rocks you can buy here.

Step 2

Start creating rock art!

Building with Rocks

Encourage your kids to sort the rocks by shape and color.

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. 

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I liked this project we found on Facebook where they created buildings out of rocks. These little houses would make the cutest fairy houses too!

Painted Rock Art

Materials Needed for Painted Rock Art

Painted Rock Ideas

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:

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1. Paint Silly Faces on Rocks

This is probably easiest with a Sharpie marker or paint pen. Make each rock a different face expression. Channel your inner emoji!

Painted Lady Bug Rocks - Rock Ideas for Kids
Let’s paint rocks like bugs! These are cute lady bugs

2. Paint Rocks Like Animals & Bugs

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 with rocks.

Let’s make rocks look like cactus plants!

3. Paint Rocks to Look Like Cactus!

 Turn the rocks into plants, like cacti.  

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3. Frog Rock Painting for the Win

This super cute garden frog is made up of several large rocks all painted with the adorable frog face and body in mind.

4. Paint Rocks to Look Like Food

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. 

Write a message on a rock

Make a Rock Statement

Kids can write encouraging statements on rocks and leave them for others to find. Check out our kindness rocks ideas.

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. 

Check out how this teacher appreciation painted rocks and the path that was created.

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Which of the rock ideas for kids are you going to try first?

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