From Sim City to Age of the Empires to Farmville and more, you can’t deny that people enjoy the experience of creating towns and villages. Pull your kids away from the devices and get them creating something a little more… solid. I could see my boys getting really into creating a Christmas village! Jingle bell rock indeed! Image source.
2. What A Hoot!
Here’s a 360° head turning painted rock project everyone will hoot for. With just the right amount of details, this is one painted rock project no one will get their feathers ruffled over. It’s owl about the eyes. The teacher in me can see these being an absolute hit for a literacy unit on Harry Potter. So fun! You’d be wise to fly over to Belle Isle Art to get more info.
Teach your children how to play a game of classic Dominoes with their own set of rockinoes. Using ovalish-shaped stones, simply paint a solid line across the middle and then add pips (aka- “the dots”) ranging from 1-6 above and below the line. These can be such an effective way to help children learn about fractions as well. Put them in order from least to greatest or greatest to least. For especially tricky math, convert improper fractions into proper ones by starting with a larger numerator. I’m especially happy in life when my children are having fun and learning at the same time!
4. Rockin’ Alphabet
When it comes down to it, the only way for a toddler to learn the alphabet is to memorize the letters. Have fun with the process by painting a set of alphabet stones! Then you can use them to rock out to the alphabet song with your Little Van Gogh.
5. Garden Stones
Recruit your kids to help make garden stones. These would make fantastic handmade gifts for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day as well. Image source.
6. Story Stones
One of my students’ favorite writing activities is to tell stories with story cubes. They enjoy the freedom to write about whatever they’d like but still appreciate having some guidance on where to go with their stories. Once or twice a year I’ll have students bring in their own stones and we each paint an image on our stone. Once they’re dry, we trade with someone else, and have fun making our own unique stories. Children at home over a long school break would love this activity as well!
7. Pet In A Can
If your children are wanting a new pet, surprise them by saying, “YES!”… to a pet rock. Use an empty Altoids can or similar for the pet’s house. Children can also paint little pieces of furniture and food on other stones as well. It reminds me of those electronic Tamagotchi pets that were so popular in the late 90’s. Source.
8. Mandala Stone
Viewed as similar in purpose to adult coloring books, mandala stones are not only known for their bright colors, but also for their meditative benefits. Heaven knows we could all use a little more calm in our household from time to time! Source.
9. Sticks And Stones
Sticks and stones can break my bones but stones can also inspire me…? Or, at least they can now! Use flat rocks to paint uplifting messages and inspirational words. I can think of a handful of nieces who would benefit from these. Chrissie Grace share more here.
10. Oh the Places You’ll Go!
I saw these balloon rocks and thought they could make for a great activity to do with your children. Start by reading Dr. Seuss’, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” together. Follow up your read aloud by having your kids paint their own world-traveling balloons. We all need reminders of how much potential we have!