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Need to find a cheap and fun activity for summer? Here it is! Whether you are home or on vacation, there are always rocks somewhere. With just a few supplies — paint, glue, and clay — children can transform the stones they stumble across into animals, people, or toys.

Both tempera and acrylic paints work well for rock craft projects; tempera looks chalkier but washes off easily, making it the best choice for kids. Acrylic paint has a glossy finish. Before painting, kids should sketch out their plan: It’s easier to envision what the finished project will look like if they draw it first with pencil on paper. You can also talk it over with your child if that is easier than sketching so that you have a plan.

Stones are as distinctive as people. Some can be slender; another, dappled and rotund. Family members can paint their initials on the rocks that suit them and turn them into refrigerator magnets too!


Rock Frogs
Ribbit! These frogs are trying to look relaxed, but as anyone can see, their heavy-lidded eyes are ready to pop open at the prospect of a fly lunch.


Pig Magnets
Attached with cement glue, flat disks are perfect for making pig-shaped magnets.

 

Tips for this craft activity:

  1. Glue rocks together before painting them, attaching small stone features such as eyes, feet, or beaks to body parts before joining larger parts
  2. Attach whiskers and tails after painting.
  3. 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.)

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