Rock painting with childrenRock painting with children is one of the latest trends. I came across it when I was looking for low-cost craft ideas to do with my toddler. Rocking painting incorporates the trend of rock painting and then hiding them.

Rock painting is basically where you take a rock which you have found or bought, paint it and then hide for another to find.

There are whole communities of people painting, hiding and seeking rocks in their local areas. Usually hiding their rocks in local parks or tourist spots.

Many sign up to Facebook groups to share their passion and support one another. Love on the rocks Facebook group is one of the largest ones in the U.K.

The level of creativity you can find in the Facebook groups is outstanding. There are truly some artists in the UK creating masterpieces on rocks. This is a trend that is not only popular with children but is growing more and more so with adults as well.

Rock Painting with Children

Why it’s a great craft for children?

Children can be as creative as they want to be with this hobby craft. They love getting out the paints and creating their own little rocks.

There is no right and wrong to this craft that’s why it’s so wonderful for children. Even some simple colours on a rock can transform it ready for hiding.

The children then have the joy of taking their rocks to their local park and finding hiding spots. If you hide them well the rocks might not be found for a long time, so you can keep checking up on them each visit.

If you are connected to a Facebook group you can always add a note on your rock so that others know where to find you.

What do you need to rock paint?

rock painting with children

Our simple rocks painted by Rose aged 2

As in the simplicity of this craft you only need a few things to get going, especially when doing rock painting with children;

  • Rocks (big enough to get creative with but not too big so you can’t carry them!)
  • Paint – acrylics work best
  • Paint brushes – any small brush would work for children
  • Varnish – a low-cost varnish will do
  • Apron – worth getting your child to wear an apron when using acrylics

How to rock paint

  1. Choose and clean your rock
  2. Choose a design or go free flow when painting
  3. Paint your rock
  4. Let dry
  5. Varnish your rock
  6. Let dry
  7. Take you rock out and hide!

Ideas for your rocks

  • Glitter bugs
  • Lady bugs
  • Seasonal rocks
  • Favourite characters

We have hidden some of our rocks locally so are looking forward to seeing if they have gone next time we go into the park. Here our hidden rocks on instagram.

If you are looking for other ideas on crafts to do with your children see Aldi Christmas Fairy and Elf doors and Aldi Christmas Baubles Craft.

Good luck with your painting.

Teachers have one of the hardest jobs in the world and deserve a treat at this time of year. However Christmas time can be very expensive for the family, with presents to buy, places to visit and food to be bought. If you have the time handmade gifts can not only save you money but also be loved by the recipient. Making your own gifts for teachers is also a great way to get the little ones involved.

To get inspiration on gifts for your teachers there are some lovely ideas on Pinterest. Some of the nicest and easiest homemade teacher Christmas gift ideas are listed below. Tweaking and personalising the gifts yourself will ensure that the gift you give is unique.

Best homemade teacher Christmas gift ideas

Food Christmas gift ideas

Gingerbread

This is a great alternative to buying a big box of chocolates, if you little one has lots of teachers. You can get your child to decorate them at home for that added bit of personalisation.

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Place one or two in clear plastic bags and tie with ribbons when handing over to your teachers.

Mini box of chocolate truffles

Truffles are so easy to make and a hit with any chocolate lover. Kids can help with the shaping of the truffles and adding any sprinkles.

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For gifting them, place a handful in small boxes. These can be bought from craft shops or even supermarkets in the Christmas isles.

Make your own cookie jar

Fill a clean jam jar with the ingredients for your teacher to make cookies at home. Then decorate with festive ribbons and tags to make them look extra Christmassy.

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Decoration Christmas gift ideas

Tree decoration

A personalised decoration for your teacher will be loved for years to come. You could use these decorate your own baubles from Aldi and make six personalised ones at home.

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Jam jar candle holder

Take a clean empty jam jar and paint with glue and add lots and lots of glitter.

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Keep images simple such as a tree canopy to ensure the pattern stays with the glitter. Present to your teacher with the candle inside.

These ideas have all been choosen as they are easy to make, children can get involved and they are actually useful or pretty items. Whatever you choose to make to say thankyou, teachers will appreciate the sentiment you put in by creating something personal for them.

 

Mum Muddling Through

Aldi have a number of special craft kits in store for Christmas, they are a great activity to do with the kids. We recently decorated and reviewed the Aldi Christmas Fairy and Elf doors. The other kit we picked up in store was the paint your own Christmas baubles set. Like the Fairy and Elf doors, these sets are in store for £1.99 with all profits going to Teenage Cancer Trust.

Included in the Christmas bauble kit

In the box you get six ready to paint baubles, two packs of glitter (silver and gold), a paint brush, some hanging string and a set of paints (mainly in primary colours).

Rose and I took the opportunity whilst the youngest was asleep to get cracking on them. We painted them using the colours in the pack and then whilst still wet we covered them in glitter.

Decorating them would be a fun activity for any age, but probably best from two and half years old up, as the glitter does get everywhere!

We are using the ones Rose decorated as a nice Christmas present for the grandparents, as they love a handmade gift (so I haven’t included a photo). However I kept two aside to personalise with the kids names, for our own Christmas tree. This kit could make your own personalised baubles for the whole family at next to nothing.

 

I am always looking for new craft ideas to do with my toddler, so was pleased to find Aldi are selling small craft kits for Christmas.

All profits go to the Teenage Cancer Trust and at £1.99 per box you can’t complain.

We completed ours over two days with the painting and decoration. This is a fun low cost crafting activity for any age 2+.