Create Painted Rocks


Kids love being outdoors and I find that if kids don’t get the outdoor time they are hard to deal with.

How about searching for painted rocks at your local parks? Or other parks?


How to create your very own painted rocks

  • Rocks are essential to have, you can either find wild rocks that live in your garden or park, or you can buy smooth rocks from a craft shop (otherwise known as captured rocks). We used wild rocks that were living in our garden.
  • Acrylic paint in bright colours.
  • Sharpie pens – we used the metallic ones to add a nice shimmer and due to the twins wanting to do a space theme this looked great with their space and galaxy rocks.
  • Paint brushes.
  • Container with water to wash out paint brushes.
  • Baking paper to put rocks on to ensure they don’t stick to paper (You don’t want your kid to go to hours of trouble to then have paper stick to the wet paint on their rock)
  • Waterbased Sealer – Use Mod Podge as this is ideal for rocks. I couldn’t get any and the one I used was not perfect and some of the colour of the paint came off. Once dry was okay.


This post was also featured in full on Kiddipedia

Check out Facebook for a Rock Group in your area, they are all over Australia so you will be sure to find one.

Online you can get clues for where to find your next rocks.

Get the whole family involved and enjoy the outdoors.

Have fun and let me know what you create, send your photos to my Facebook Page

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 Originally published Tuesday, March 26, 2019

2 Responses
  • Sarah from Little Snail
    January 20, 2020

    Hey Suzanne,
    I really love your article on how to create painted rocks. It looks like such a great way to combine craft and nature. There is nothing better for a child’s development in my opinion!

    • Suzanne Robinson
      January 21, 2020

      Hi Sarah, Thanks so much. It was a great creative activity for all kids and I love the fact that it gets kids outdoors too.

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