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Painting Rocks

2012 May 29
by Katie

This is not rocket science (haha…get it ‘rock’ – et science!?  um yeah.  awkward)

Basically I was just trying to get crafty with Will.  switch it up from our normal paint on paper routine.

I stole these rocks from our landscaping.  Totally worth it.

Will gives it a very excited thumbs up.

I picked three similar colors so it wouldn’t turn brown.  that would be kinda anticlimactic – brown paint on a brown rock.

While he was doing that, I got half of one done myself.  I think it would work well as a door stop :)

And I’ll give you a clue on what we are doing with this other one :)

I also took a few other photos that could be cute printed out and attached to the card to accompany the rock….

And of course, Will’s little signature would go right next to this photo :)

What are some other father’s day gift ideas for your really little one to create?  Or just for everyday?  I’m trying to build up an arsenal of summer funness….



18 Responses leave one →
  1. I love rocks too! permalink
    May 29, 2012

    Awesome! I have rocks painted like a duck and a dog that my kids made. I sprayed some Shellaq/polyurethane-type stuff on them (long time ago…I forget now) and put them out in my flowerbeds. Every time we’re out on the patio, we look at them and keep saying we need to paint more “animals” for our rock zoo.

  2. May 29, 2012

    When I was about four years old a friend and I painted rocks and then went door-to-door trying to sell them (very safe small town). We made a little bit of money. The saddest response was from my grandmother who said, “I have a driveway full of rocks, why would I want to buy one?” Practical woman, but still crushing for a little kid.

  3. Samantha permalink
    May 29, 2012

    My little guys (now 3 and 4) love painting with trucks – roll the truck wheels through some fingerpaint, then roll them on the paper to make tracks. Fun! We also use recycled stuff for “stamps” – yogurt containers for different sized circles, etc.

  4. May 29, 2012

    Cute Idea! For father’s day I’m going to make my dad some Reese’s Peanut Butter Bread – He loves Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups! :)

  5. May 29, 2012

    That is adorable! I don’t have any little ones yet, but I used to love to draw pictures for my dad when I was a little one!!

  6. May 29, 2012

    We did a little rock painting project with my niece a while back. She added the names of our family members to each one (one per rock), then we used them as placeholders at the dinner table and left her in charge of the seating arrangements. Fun for everyone and super cheap.

  7. May 29, 2012

    Paint with water pages are fun in the bath tub! :)

  8. May 29, 2012

    Since Will loves paint, what about making handprint animals? I saw it on Pinterest, and you turn his handprints into an animal… like using white paint and making a cow with black finger prints for spots. You’d have to draw a tail and make a face where Will’s thumb is. Tons of ideas are online: pigs, giraffes, elephants, a fish with wavy fins.

  9. May 29, 2012

    Let’s hope there are more ideas…I am in need! I love the rocks and the fact that you used similar colors (good idea).

  10. May 29, 2012

    What a great craft, sweet photos! I love painted rocks, check out my blog post on ‘em: http://www.inspirebohemia.com/2012/02/painted-rocks.html

    Oh by the way, my aunt gave me a big bar of dark chocolate with chunks of BACON in it the other day! I thought of you! hehe :)

    Catherine
    Inspire Bohemia

  11. Liz permalink
    May 29, 2012

    That is such a cute idea for Fathers Day! When I was little I used to spend a few weeks at my Grandparents house and my Grandma and I would always go out in the woods, find rocks, and paint them for presents for me to give people. Brings back such good memories!

  12. Kelly permalink
    May 29, 2012

    Super cute! I might have to steal the idea :) . What kind of paint do you use?

    • May 29, 2012

      I just used regular ole craft paint – I think Martha Stewart from Michaels?
      xo – kb

  13. Molly permalink
    May 29, 2012

    I teach 4 year olds in a pre-school. We had a Daddy donut Day this spring, and each student painted their dad’s a rock. I glued felt to the bottom of each, and wrote You Rock, Dad! on the top of the rock with a black sharpie. I lightly sprayed a thin coat of sealer on them. It made them shiny and pretty, pretty. The dads loved them. The kids were proud!

  14. May 29, 2012

    Great idea for Father’s Day – you could even find a way to add the year somewhere on the rock – then make it an annual tradition, create a garden of rocks. OK, that might be too much!

  15. Jessica permalink
    May 30, 2012

    Question – since the paints aren’t water colors from the kid aisle, does it still wash off hands and clothes easily enough? I guess painting in the buff is always an option…

    • May 30, 2012

      Yup! It does for us as long as you don’t let it sit in the clothing – but Will is kinda prissy when it comes to stuff on his hands like paint so as soon as a smidge gets on him, we quickly are notified of ‘the yuckies”.
      xo – kb

  16. June 5, 2012

    So cute! I could see doing this is my first grade classroom.

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