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Keep Kids Busy-Crafts and Exercise

Updated on July 31, 2014

Finding Rocks for Crafts with Kids

There are many crafts with kids, and finding rocks and painting them offer exercise and crafting. You will find many suitable rocks to paint while searching outdoors. Have your acrylic paints waiting at home to paint the rocks you collect. The kids will enjoy your taking the time to rock hunt with them. This is a creative and inexpensive craft that the entire family can enjoy. Pick out rocks that are fairly smooth, not too small and not too large.Find a special place in your home where you will display the rocks when they are complete.

Have Fun Painting Rocks

Search for rocks
Search for rocks
Rocks of all shapes
Rocks of all shapes
Different color paints for the rocks
Different color paints for the rocks
Get out the paint brushes
Get out the paint brushes

After You Collect the Rocks

After you have picked several rocks for your paint day you will need to clean them well..Wash the rocks with soap and water and dry thoroughly before starting the painting step. The kids will treasure their own special work of art and look forward to the next rock finding excursion.

What You' Need

  1. Rocks
  2. Craft acrylic paints in different colors
  3. Paint brushes
  4. Small shallow containers of water
  5. Clear acrylic Gloss Coating


  1. Pull out pictures of animals, flowers, trees and other items.
  2. Practice drawing on small pieces of paper to get used to the small surface of the rocks.
  3. Paint the rocks with a coat of white paint and allow to dry.
  4. Use very small brushes when painting.
  5. Dig in and start painting anything you desire. If you don't like what you have done--just give the rock another coat of white paint, and start all over again.
  6. Encourage the kids to use lots of different colors and to feel free expressing themselves with whatever they wish to paint.

The family doing things together is a special time, and everyone will enjoy one of the most fun crafts with kids.


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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you always a great support as well as a fine writer.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Crafts For Kids: Exercise and Crafts a Perfect Blend very creative and beautiful

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      pstraubie48: Thanks for stopping by to read...I always appreciate when you come by to visit and comment. Angels back at you.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      This is a fun activity with kids of all ages. They love painting the rocks especially ones they have collected. My grandson likes to gather them, all shapes and sizes..he is not so interested in painting them yet but I think he will be in a few months.

      Thanks for sharing this, Carol.'Sending you Angels this evening :) ps

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      Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Hi carol - this looks like a lot of fun. We once did this for a cub scout event, painting animals and natural themes on stones to use as part of a centerpiece. I remember some years ago seeing rocks painted with foxes, cats, raccoons, and other animals - they were adorable.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      travelman 1971: Thanks for stopping by and maybe one day you will begin again.

      margaritaEden: Thank you for your lovely comments and dropping in.

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      MargaritaEden 5 years ago from Oregon

      This is one of the most loved art projects by my kids, thanks for additional tips, like putting a white coat first, I didn't think of this before, useful and interesting, sharing your hub!

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      I completely forgotten my project in elementary such as this. Now, my interest was rekindled by your campaign as you share your joy in doing stone painting.

      Thank you for sharing!

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      Thanks for the reminder. I used to love to paint rocks--time has stolen that joy away.