Create a Painted Rock Mosaic
Kids love paint, and they also love rocks. Combine the two and beat summer boredom with this fun and colorful activity! Make a mosaic out of painted rocks to help your child practice her patterns and shapes while learning her colors. This activity encourages your child to explore the world of colorful, creative mosaic art making in a fun and simple way!
What You Need:
- Small rocks or pebbles
- Tempera paints
- Small paint brush
- Old t-shirt or smock
What You Do:
- Take a nature walk with your child and help her select a bucket or cup full of small pebbles and rocks. Try to find as many different shapes as you can!
- Line your workspace with newspaper so that if you make a mess it's no big deal. Encourage your child to put the smock on.
- Make a small puddle using at least 3 different colors of paint on a large paper plate.
- Have your kid dip the rocks in the paint, with the goal of covering as much of the rock surface as she can.
- Divide the rocks into piles based on colors and give them a chance to dry. You may need to flip the rocks over midway through the drying time to ensure that they're completely dry. If any spots were missed, use the small paintbrush to touch them up.
- Have your child use the pencil to draw shapes in a pattern or design on the piece of cardboard.
- Label the cardboard with the names of all the different colors used to paint the rocks.
- Lay the cardboard out on a flat surface. Glue each rock to the area labeled with its designated color. For example, red rocks would go in the "Red" area, blue rocks in the "Blue," and so on.
- Let the glue dry, and...voila! you've got a beautiful painted rock mosaic. Expand upon this activity by experimenting with different patterns and materials. Encourage your child to try new designs and use other items such as yarn, paper, and maybe even ribbon!