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Craft Time: Love Rocks

on February 15, 2012

Again, I apologize for the lateness of this post.  I am however, going to still post it because A.) it is a great idea, B.) my son had a blast doing it and I think that your kids would too, and C.) I think that you can apply it to any holiday or just any random day of the week.  Painting rocks is about as simple as it gets as far as a craft goes and yet kids love it (or mine do anyways).

To start with, you need paint, paintbrushes, and rocks.  It doesn’t get much easier than that.  We picked out pink and red and white paint for Valentine’s Day.  So first make sure that the rocks are clean and dry.  both of these elements are important because if there is dirt or moisture on the rock, the paint won’t stick.

Next, I let my son paint a base color on the tops of the rocks.  We did about 20 and I just laid them out on a piece of cardboard and let him go to town.  

After the base coat was dry (completely dry), I went back to them and painted hearts on the rocks.  If you child is older they can do this part too.  Let them dry and voila!  They don’t have to be perfect, just fun.

He was so proud of these rocks!

The boy child picked out a couple to give to his grandparents and one he wanted to keep for himself and the rest we used to put a smile on a stranger’s face.

No, this isn’t weird like you are thinking, and definitely not dangerous.  What it is, is the best part of the project.  Yesterday afternoon, we bundled up and took a walk.  As we were walking, he would randomly put a painted rock on the sidewalk so that someone out walking could find it and hopefully get a little smile out of it.  We walked over to the park near our house and he also left some on the basketball court there and a couple of the benches by the playground.  As he laid down the rocks, we talked about love and doing nice things for other people (random acts of kindness).  It was a great walk and I can’t believe how excited he was about the thought of people we didn’t know finding his rocks.  He couldn’t wait to tell daddy all about it when he got home from work.

The fun he had painting and leaving rocks out for strangers is why I think that this project would be marvelous all year round.  I plan on doing it for St. Patrick’s Day (with little shamrocks painted on the rocks) and any time he asks.

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