Stone painting is a great way to add earth day decorations to your class or home. Earth day for kids can be fun when painting on rocks!
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We love nature crafts for kids. There is something for searching outside for supplies that add that extra element of fun! I saw some really fun pour-painted paper weights on Happy Hooligans and it got me thinking… we could make a few changes to create a fun Earth Day project! This stone painting process was simple enough for my 3-year-old to do, and could be done with much more precision with an older child!
Since Earth Day is April 22nd, this rock painting idea makes a great April craft for kids.
- Stones. Go looking outside first… if you can’t find any you can buy them at a local craft store too, but look outside first.
- Water Based Paint. Blue and Green.
- Paint Dish. I use old fruit cups.
- Painters Tape. (Optional but it is one of my favorite tips for painting with toddlers)
- A Cooling Rack.
- Something to Catch the Drips.
- Clear Acrylic Spray.
Let’s start our stone painting:
If you can search around for your stones. Then give them a good wash in the sink. Your little one(s) will enjoy this too! Once they are dry move them to a cooling rack. Next, use a bit of tape to attach your paint dishes to the table. Add in your paint and then water them down a bit. This will conserve paint, help it move along the stone, and allow them to easily use the pipette to grab the paint!
V went back and forth adding a bit of blue and a bit of green. You can really direct the colors using the tip of the pipettes! They bubble up a bit sometimes which is fun and every stone ended up cute and unique.Continue painting until your stones are “perfect” and then leave them to dry.If you are planning on keeping these for awhile I suggest taking them outside and spraying them with a clear acrylic spray.
This will also help them shine and deepen the color a bit.
We hope you enjoy this fun stone painting technique! You can do this in any color you like. We did an earth and sea theme for an Earth day activity, but make it your own!