Rock On! Rock Painting Story Time Ideas
If you’ve been anywhere on social media over the last 6 months, you know how popular rock painting has become. Facebook groups, Instagram feeds, and blog posts about this creative new trend are popping up daily. We recently found a few rocks while out on errands. It inspired my family to try this creative trend out for ourselves. And no surprise here, I paired the craft with a few picture books. Any time is a good time for story time!
Disclosure: I received a free copy of ‘A Simple Rock’ for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own.
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READING FOR ROCK PAINTING INSPIRATION
A Simple Rock
A Simple Rock is the sweet tale of little Rock, who isn’t quite sure that he’s happy in his current life. Things start to change when he meets a magical gnome who grants Rock’s wishes. Rock undergoes a series of changes and transformations before ultimately realizing that the grass isn’t always greener. Bryson Reaume has filled the book with fun rhymes to keep kids listening. Rock’s additional body parts, represented in Eduardo Pag’s illustrations, will have young readers giggling. (The expressive faces throughout will also keep kids laughing!) The many animals mentioned, and the bright images provide the perfect inspiration when you’re ready to start rock painting together.
Love You When…
Love You When… is a book I picked up years ago, well before rock painting had taken over craft time. Linda Kranz has put together a heartwarming look at how love persists through all seasons of life. Klaus Kranz has filled the book with stunning photographs of rocks painted to coordinate with the text. It’s a sweet, reassuring book to remind your kids just how much you care for them. The vibrant, crisp images will undoubtedly spark some rock painting creativity as well.
ROCKING STORY TIME WITH ROCK PAINTING
5 Ideas For EASY Rock Painting
Sure, we love painting as much as anyone. But I have to admit, some days, I’m not up for full-on paint projects. (The clean up, the laundry, the risk to my carpets… It’s all too much some days!). When one of those days rolls around, we choose one of these methods to get crafty with minimal mess.
- Paint Pens. These are simple to use, and far less messy than traditional brushes and paints.
- Fake Tattoos. A simple, inexpensive choice, that requires absolutely NO artistic ability. We often use paint pens to add some fancy details around the tattoos, which is the perfect combination of simplicity and creativity.
- Rub On Transfers. Similarly to the tattoos, rub on transfers are great for those who don’t feel strong in their drawing skills. These can require some extra persistence to make sure they’re well attached, so kids may need assistance.
- Stickers. Another really option with minimal art needed, stickers can be fun to use. We generally seal our stickered rocks with some outdoor Mod Podge or other sealant- this helps them last longer in outdoor conditions.
- Melted Crayons. This is another fun alternative to painting that we’ve tried before. After setting the oven to 350 degrees, we baked out rocks on a foil-lined baking sheet until hot. Then #thebigone CAREFULLY held crayons against the hot rocks to create designs. (Obviously, this option requires the most adult supervision and help, so plan ahead!). These rocks will work best in cooler climates, or mainly indoors.
Additional Rock Painting Tips
- We like to start with a base of white outdoor acrylic paint, especially on darker rocks. This keeps the tattoos, stickers, or transfers from getting lost on a dark background.
- Large, flat rocks make the process easier. Anything too bumpy is going to be tricky to paint or add extras to.
- Clean rocks work best, so get kids involved in some sensory play with a rock scrubbing station! (Warm water, an old towel, and a spare toothbrush make it extra fun!)
- It can be fun to turn a nature hike or outdoor play time into a rock hunting outing. Or you can also just pick up rocks at your local craft store. (Especially ideal in snowy winter weather, when finding ‘wild’ rocks may be a challenge!)
- Check Facebook for local rock painting groups before you put your rocks on. There may be a special hashtag or website you can reference on the bottom of your rock. When your rock is found by someone, they may share a photo to social media before they re-hide the rock. Tracking the journey of their rock creations can make rock painting extra fun for kids!
Have you tried rock painting with your family yet? Was it a hit? Let me know what you thought in the comments below!
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