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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!
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WHAT YOU NEED FOR ROCK PAINTING:
( At least one washable painting set )
Cup of Water
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”.
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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.
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.
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.
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!
Until next time…..