easy kids activity: rock painting

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This one is an oldie but goodie! I’m pretty sure I’ve never blogged about painting rocks despite the fact that we’ve done it dozens of times, so I thought it was a perfect time to add it to our list of kid’s activities.

rock painting supplies

We celebrated Sutton’s birthday last week, and one of his favorite gifts was a Rock Painting Book & Kit that contained an assortment of river rocks, a paintbrush and a set of paints. I’m honestly not sure what kind of paint it was because it wasn’t specified anywhere, but it seemed like a glossy acrylic. I recommend using acrylic paints for older kids and washable tempera paints for younger kids. Both types of paint will work best when used in conjunction with a spray sealer top coat.

kids having fun smiling while painting rocks at home
kids enjoying painted rock activity


fun painted rocks in different designs
small preschool child painting rocks

Simon had access to several different colors, but he preferred to paint almost all of his rocks solid red. He painted layer after layer while singing his own little tune, “Painting, painting red, painting…” over and over again.

strawberry growing in home garden

Those red rocks make perfect decoys to help keep the birds out of our strawberry patch and away from our ripe berries!

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  1. Hi! The teaser line in my Google search says that “tempera paints for younger kids will work if they’re used in conjunction with…” and I can’t find the rest of that statement here! Please finish this sentence for me? Thank you!

    1. Hi Mary,

      I’m not sure what happened there, but the line should read, “…work best when used in conjunction with a spray sealer top coat.” 🙂