Whether your little one has their very own collection of special rocks accrued over time or through adventures, they grab a handful from the backyard or buy a pack of shiny river rocks from your local nursery, we have some fab ideas of rock creations and games.
Help kids develop their imagination and storytelling with these ‘story rocks’. Paint a range of pictures onto your rocks then varnish for protection. Kids then randomly pick a rock out of the box or bucket and have to tell their part of the story based on the picture they select. Suits one on one or group play. Courtesy of modernparentsmessykids.com
For these bright sparks you’ll need to grab your brightest paints and a black markers.
The new pet rock – Monsters. To create these crazy monster rocks there are absolutely no rules! (courtesy of minimatisse.blogspot.com)
Hide N Seek – paint rocks however you like and hide them in the garden. Numbers and letters work really well if you are playing with just one child (eg find me numbers 1-10, or find me all the letters in the alphabet) or colours and patterns are great for group play where the goal is to simply find the most number of rocks. Courtesy of http://www.athomewithali.net/
Rock creatures – some tips! Be sure to glue rocks together before painting them, attaching small stone features such as eyes, feet, or beaks to body parts before joining larger parts. Attach whiskers and tails after painting. Cement glue makes the strongest bond but should be used only by parents working in a well-ventilated area. Kid-friendly glues are less durable and are best for rock crafts that will sit on shelves. Image courtesy of marthastewart.com
Footprints – this is a cute way to show who lives in your home! Pop them in your garden or at the front door. Image source unknown
Tic-tac-toe game – use a slate tile with chalk lines as the board. You’ll need a selection of noughts rocks and crosses rocks. These can be painted or also written in chalk however this is, of course, more temporary. Image courtesy of realsimple.com
We included these just because we love them and they are soooo terribly sweet!
Birds – courtesy of http://www.inspirebohemia.com
Sweet little birdy – courtesy of jenniferpaine.tumblr.com
Little owls – courtesy of thecarolinejohansson.com