If you have been reading for a while you know that I am all about simple and frugal activities for kids. Mom life is HARD and BUSY and did I mention HARD. So, if I can come up with fun activities for my kids that require very little prep, I am all for it!
This activity of “painting” rocks is one of my favorites. It starts with an old fashioned rock hunt. I encourage my kids to find a large and smooth rock, they usually just grab whichever one catches their eye first! Either way totally works. (See, simple right?!?!)
You will then need to “bake” the rock. This is done exactly how it sounds. Place the rock into a hot oven and let it “cook” in the oven until the rock gets hot. I usually turn the oven on to about 400 degrees and bake them for about 15 minutes. There really is no science here, you just want the rock hot.
Take it out of the oven carefully and place it on a paper plate, paper towel, newspaper, etc. Now you can let your kids color on the hot rock with crayons. It is fun to watch the colors melt on to the rock and look like paint.
After you are done “painting” let the rock cool and dry. You will be left with a fun colored rock, we have a collection of these outside. My kids are always eager to add a new rock to their loved collection.