love rocks


Kids love scavenger hunts and collecting.  Collecting “things” is a common interest in most kids ages 5-7, but this activity is great for just about any age, as long as you can hold a crayon.

Here’s what you’ll need

  • rocks
  • dish soap
  • small bowl
  • water
  • scrub brush or toothbrush
  • towel
  • washable paint - these Crayola ones are perfect
  • paintbrush
  • stickers, glitter, sequins, or other embellishments
  • Modpodge or any spray adhesive


Step 1: Go for a walk - Take a stroll around your neighborhood and look for your canvases, aka “rocks”.  You can pick any size or shape. Our rule, pick up only as many as you can carry.  

Step 2: Clean the rocks - draw a “bath” for your rocks using warm water and 1 teaspoon of dish soap. Place a small hand towel next to the bath.  Let your littles wash and scrub the rocks with a scrub brush or toothbrush. Once cleaned, rise and layout on the towel to dry.

Step 3: Paint! - this part requires washable paint and lots of patience.  (WARNING: This will be messy!) Decorate your rocks as you please and once completely dry, cover them with adhesive or mod podge to seal in your artwork.


Step 4: Share the love - now is the fun part!  Give your Love Rocks to family or friends, leave on neighbors’ doorsteps or planters, or take a stroll back through your neighborhood and place them around for other people to see.

make it simpler

Looking to make this project even easier?  These kits are the way to go, and they're under $15 with prime shipping on Amazon.

This kit by KIDDYCOLOR comes with everything you need; including rocks, paint, brushes, embellishments and more.

Here's another fun one where the rocks are shaped like turtles and frogs.  Paints, brushes and 6 animal rocks included.


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