I’ve been so excited to see that rock painting is becoming a big thing as it’s one of my kids favourite activities and I guess one of mine too! There are so many good things about this activity, it’s a chance to sit down and craft together, all ages can do it, it’s not expensive (I’ll share about some of my favourite materials with you) and there are loads of gorgeous rock painting ideas for kids that you can get inspiration from if you are feeling a bit stumped. As well as rock painting ourselves we also found a couple of painted rocks down at a beach near us a few weeks ago and my kids adored it so if you are planning on leaving your painted rocks out for people to find I can also confirm that finding them is just as much fun! Hopefully you’ll find all the rock painting ideas for kids here to get you started and having some creative fun!
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Our favourite materials for rock painting with kids
We’ve tried out both the Chalkola and Posca markers and they both have their benefits. When you are using chalk pens to paint rocks you can do one colour on top of the other but do be aware that you need to give each colour a minute to dry before you do the next colour on top or the colours will blend and ugh, it just won’t look good. I have found through trial and error (I totally did the second colour too quickly) that if you make a mistake then both of these pens can normally be wiped away with babywipes if you get to them quickly. As my then two year old also decided to draw all over her hand I also found out that they can be cleaned up pretty easily too – thank goodness!
Of the two pens I think the Posca ones are probably my favourites because the thin tips mean that you can make your painted rocks more detailed. Worried about where to get all these rocks? If you don’t have a rocky garden or you want to do this activity with a large group of kids (or adults!) you can buy some rocks on amazon. There are also some really cool looking books on painting stones and rocks available like The Art of Stone Painting and Rock Art.
Rock Painting Ideas for Kids
These painted ladybird rocks from Crafts by Amanda are super pretty
My kids would adore these minion painted rocks from Non Toy Gifts
Owl painted rocks from Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls
These Christmas rock painting ideas for kids are really cute
Super cute hedgehog painted rocks from Easy Peasy and Fun
Can’t keep plants alive? (Oh hello that’s me) this stone cactus is perfect for you
I love these garden markers from Adventure in a Box
We love these sea story stones, especially the rainbow!
Patterned rock snake craft from I Heart Crafty Things
These DIY camping story stones are perfect for kids that like adventures!
These DIY butterfly number stones are perfect for kids who are learning basic counting and number recognition
Painted treasure rocks from Paper and Glue
These zentangle rocks from Edventures With Kids would be a great way to help your children chill out too
Got a minibeasts fan? They’ll love this rock bugs craft from Preschool Powol Packets
I am a little bit in love with these space rocks from Adventure in a Box
I love the way that wire has been used to make these rock bees
Penguin painted rocks from Inspiration Laboratories
These magical fairy rocks and their storage tower are just so cute!
Flag rocks – a great idea for foreign adventures!
I’m totally saving these Day of the Dead rocks to make later this year!
These gratitude stones from Fireflies and Mudpies are super easy to make
DIY candy rocks from Artsy Momma
Painted rock fish from A Little Pinch of Perfect