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Painted Rocks to Inspire Creativity!


Have fun creating storytelling tools or simply allowing your child to express their creative side with painted rocks you can find in your back garden! 

For this painted rocks activity, you will need: 

  • Various rocks 
  • Soap 
  • Water 
  • Pencil 
  • Acrylic paint 
  • Optional: Varnish* 
  • Optional: Marker pen (such as Posca)* 

* These tools will need to be used by a grown up! 

Painted Rocks, Step by Step:

Step 1: 

Go out and collect rocks! These can be found in your back garden or in local parks. The best rocks for this will be smooth and as flat as possible.  

Step 2: 

Using soap and water, clear the rocks thoroughly. It’s important to make sure they are thoroughly clean before painting. Be careful of any sharp points when cleaning them. Set them aside to dry. 

Step 3:  

While the rocks are trying set up a table, or the floor, with a tarp or some sort of covering. Things can get a little messy sometimes, especially when it comes to arts & crafts. 

Step 4: 

Once dry, you can draw out a design using a pencil. 

Step 5: 

Once happy, you can start painting! You can set to dry and paint additional layers if you want the colour to be bolder. Set aside to dry where they won’t make a mess. 

Optional Steps: 

Using a marker pen, outline areas of your painted rock, such as windows on a house or eyes on a person. Additionally, once everything is bone dry, add a varnish. As a result, the design will refrain from being chipped over time.

What to Do with Painted Rocks

Now that you have painted rocks, you can try encouraging your child to use them to create a scene or tell a story. Another fun activity that people all over the world are doing is leaving painted rocks out and about for others to find. You can look on Pinterest for some inspiration of designs to paint. Next time you are out, pop a rock down somewhere to brighten someones day!

Find more activities on our blog or contact us about our childcare locations across Australia.