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I’m absolutely loving Dominic at this stage. Well, I’m still adjusting to his high energy and low tolerance for the word “no”. Lol, I’m guilty of needing a nap during the day or a glass of wine at night just to adjust. Right now, he’s pulling my hair as I type this blog post. I never said it was an easy stage haha!

But besides that, he is absolutely a joy right now. He is at that stage where he loves learning and trying new things. Everything outdoor related has absolutely captured his attention.  I have no clue where he gets this outdoor love from ( not from his two very city-like parents!) but he loves to go in the backyard and collect rocks. It was driving me crazy watching him play in the dirt. So, I thought why not bring a few in, clean them up, and paint them?

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Rock painting is a fun activity plus it gives Dominic the chance to play with rocks without digging through the dirt. Talk about a win/win situation! The amount of time I spent cleaning dirt off of Dominic and my house — yeah I’m not going to miss that at ALL!

RELATED READING: 10+ Activities for Toddlers

WHAT YOU NEED FOR ROCK PAINTING:

Rocks

Container

Paint

( At least one washable painting set )

Painting Brushes

Cup of Water

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I personally purchased two different types of paint. One for myself and another for Dominic.  Dominic used a washable paint set that I knew was kid-friendly. As you mommies know, it’s better to be safe than sorry. We all hope our kids won’t make a mess. But, we all know that it’s going to happen one way or another.

Tip for new moms:  Always prepare for the worst! The last thing you need is permanent paint on your nice furniture and floors because your toddler got a bit “paint happy”.

RELATING READING: Tips For New Moms

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place rocks into a container and wash the rocks clean.

I placed the rocks into one of Dominic’s old wipes containers. Then, I took the container into our yard and washed it down with the garden hose. This way I could be sure all of the dirt from outside would be removed. See picture below.

2. Place down a towel, blanket, or mat to create a painting area.

Dominic has painted before. But, I’d be lying if I said he was the next Picasso. I tend to let Dominic get familiar with the project tools before starting rock painting. In this case, he held the brush a few times getting used to holding a paint brush correctly.

3. Lay out the paint and place the container of rocks near your painting area.
4. Fill a cup with water and place it next to your painting area. You will use this to clean your paint brushes in between different paint colors.

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5. All of your supplies should be laid out by now. Your toddler can now start rock painting and enjoy this easy and cheap summer activity.

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Feel free to come back and show me pictures of your toddler’s rock painting.  I’d love to know how the rock painting went for your family!

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Until next time…..

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xoxo

Tatyanna

 

9 thoughts on “Easy Summer Activities For Toddlers: Rock Painting”

  1. Haha! Loved your comment about playing with rocks, but not the dirt, so true! Some days I definitely prefer it that way and this activity would be perfect!

  2. I remember painting rocks with my mom when I was a kid. Then we would go to the park and put them in places other children would find them. It was a great way for my mom to teach me to do for others..

  3. This is such a sweet post! I’ve seen some pretty awesome rock painting designs out there, and it honestly makes me want to do some myself! Painting is such a calming activity, plus it’s a great way to explore your creativity!

  4. This is such a great idea! For toddler sand beyond! We actually did rock painting as a Girl Scout Troop and we all had a blast from 5 year old to 11 year olds. I may grab a few rocks and give my Kiddies something to do one of these lazy summer days.

  5. There is a FB group where I am that is devoted to rock painting. Everyone will take pics of the rocks they painted, then hide them around town for others to pick up.

  6. I’m going to have to do this with my niece and nephews, they love to paint. I have a ton of rocks around my house so that’s one thing that I wouldn’t have to purchase.

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