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Kids can let their imaginations run wild when creating creatures out of rocks. They can think about how to use the different shapes to make their own creation.

Painted Rocks make great pets.

Use your crayons to create colorful rocks.

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Painted Rocks


(rocks, acrylic paint, glue, brushes)

  • Collect a lot of rocks. Be sure there are different sizes and shapes.
  • Start by choosing the rocks that will make up the pet (head, ears, maybe a nose, body, arms and legs).
  • Paint the entire rock, top and bottom in one color.
  • When the first coat of paint dries, paint on the details (eyes, whiskers, fur).
  • When everything is dry, glue the pieces together.

Almost any type of acrylic paint will work.  Try to find some thick paints so that the rock won't show through. 

If the kids get tired of the pet, it can become a door stop, book end, garden ornament, or paper weight.  They make a great gift for grandparents.


Crayon Rocks


(rocks, crayons, tinfoil) - adult assistance required

  • Use wax crayons to color rocks.  Try to get a thick coating on the rocks.
  • Line a oven tray with tinfoil and space the rocks on the tray.
  • Have an adult put them in the oven on a low setting (about 200F) for 10 minutes, just until the wax starts melting.



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