Ever find yourself looking at beach rocks yours kids have picked up and wondered what to do with them? Painting rocks can be a fun, creative activity to do together.
momstown decided to create a rock “fruit bowl” with our tropical Hawaiian theme. The kids looked for mostly round-ish rocks to transform into oranges, peaches, mangoes and strawberries. An angular rock was painted into a pineapple. A long piece of driftwood told us it was a banana!
- Water based paint (type good for permanent use on wood, not tempra paint)
- Paintbrushes (finer are better for details)
- Water and rags for cleaning brushes and changing colours
- Of course, nature provided the rocks!
Give the rocks a wash or wipe down to remove sand and dirt otherwise the paint will have a tough time sticking.
Give your child a pallet of various colours. We like to squeeze out a dime size of paint in many many colours on a paper plate pallet.
If you have an older child, this is a great opportunity to practise details and paint as still life. If you have oranges, mangoes, bananas, peaches and strawberries on hand, put them on the table. Look at the details, notice the pockets, the shades and dimensions. Teach your child how to use the example of the fruit in front of them to guide their strokes.
Of course, if the banana is painted purple, that’s just fine too. We’re all for creative expression! :)
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