Rockin’ It Out

23 Jun

rock painting

Last week I had Matty help me out with a little project I needed in order to complete his outdoor playspace.

Paint + Rocks + Outside = Very Happy Toddler

rock painting

rock painting

rock painting

Things Needed:

1. Rocks
2. Acrylic Craft Paint. These are the little bottles found for $.97 at Wal Mart.
3. Brushes (any kind)
4. Stickers
5. Sharpies
6. Modge Podge
7. Newspaper or cardboard (to paint on)


1. Clean and dry rocks.  Painting over dirt just won’t do.
2. Paint. Solid colors, half-and-half, swirls, anything goes.
3. Let dry thoroughly–at least an hour
4. Apply stickers, glitter, or write & draw with Sharpies
5. Apply two quality coats of Modge Podge.
6. Let dry (pretty quick drying time) and enjoy!

This is a great activity for colors and even color mixing.  I only gave Matthew primary colors, then he asked for green.  So he watched as I mixed blue and yellow, and was thoroughly impressed it turned green (and I was thoroughly impressed I only had to think for a second to remember what colors to mix!).

These make great outdoor “toys”.  In addition to Matty’s colorful masterpieces, I added a few “learning resources” as well.

rock painting

There’s a lot of great uses–sorting games, stacking, making up stories–the possibilities are endless.  I started off by using basic things he already knows, and we’ll add to it throughout the Summer (especially since he loved the painting so much!).  He’s really into Goldilocks and the Three Bears, so I’m thinking we’ll add some character rocks soon from his favorite books.  Independently, he really likes just naming the items on the rocks (he knows everything except the numbers!) and putting them into buckets.  Together, we sort colors and letters, or make up a story about a cat chasing a butterfly.  Either way, it’s a great vocabulary builder!

2 Responses to “Rockin’ It Out”

  1. ahealthyhappyhome June 24, 2013 at 8:23 am #

    What a fun idea! It’s a rainy day here today so this might be a great activity to do! Plus, we have a ton of rocks! Thanks for sharing another wonderful, creative idea!


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