We were excited to get started painting our own rocks so I did a quick Google search to see what other people were using that wouldn't wash off in the rain. Acrylic paint with a sealant like Modge Podge seemed to be the most common method. We gathered up some nice smooth stones and got to work. We paint a lot of different things on our rocks: flowers, hearts, butterflies, uplifting words and phrases. I've made a couple Minions and some Harry Potter themed rocks. I find I really enjoy painting rocks, it's a bit therapeutic.
Now we keep a small basket of finished rocks on a shelf near the front door and anytime we're headed out somewhere that might be good for hiding some, we grab a few. Popular places include parks, playgrounds, walking trails, and shopping plazas.
Since our first rock, we have found quite a few more too. We found a ladybug rock outside Dollar General. And just last week, we found two at the head of a trail we were hiking on at the park. I love seeing all the different rocks and ways people decorate them. We have some fantastic local artists!
I really love this fun community activity. It's like an Easter egg hunt year round! It gets my kids out and excited for walks and hikes in the park. It's also given us a really fun hobby when we're stuck at home. If you want to join in the fun too, just do a quick facebook search for groups with your areas name followed by "Rocks". Most likely there are already active groups in your area (we've found 3 different groups around here). If you can't find an already established group, consider starting your own!
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