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Painted Rocks: Fourth of July Edition

Have you heard of the new fun activity that is becoming very popular amongst kids and parents? Painted rocks. This creative activity began as a fun way to interact with kids on a global level.

This rock painting and hiding phenomenon is a way to get kids outdoors and spreading joy and kindness. Consequently, kids and parents go outdoors and find rocks, paint them with any fun, imaginative images, patterns, etc. Then they take the rock with them as they run errands around town. They find a unique place outside to leave the rock for someone else to find, and in turn, they stay on the “lookout” for fun rocks of their own.

As a result, the rock hiding phenomenon has reached far and wide already. Painted rocks are hiding and being found all over including Jacksonville, North Carolina; Weymouth, Canada; and Redding, California. The rocks are bringing smiles to face everywhere.

Painted rocks - July 4 versions

Here in Southern California, you can find the rocks at parks, outside of grocery stores, and at local swimming pools. We have been excited to get in on the rock painting fun. So this weekend we decided to create some holiday inspired rocks, Fourth of July firework rocks. My kids loved painting the rocks. Even my youngest was excited to join in. Afterward, we hid some at the fountain at the mall, one at the community pool for swim lessons, one at the fireworks event, and one at our neighborhood park.

Where will you hide your rocks?

Dinosaur Habitats: DIY Dinosaur Gardens

My kids are obsessed with dinosaurs. I thought it would be a neat idea for them to create their own fun little dinosaur world. They have so many little toy dinosaurs and are constantly telling me what each dinosaur eats and where they live, I thought it was time they showed me. I have seen so many of those little fairy gardens that I thought why not a dinosaur garden? The idea is pretty simple, and leaves the creativity up to the kids. So why not?

You and your kids can get as many items as you would like. You could build your dinosaur garden in a planter, an old tire, a large apothecary bowl or jar, or even right in your own backyard. All you need is some ideas and whatever type of plants you want.

Small Dinosaur Gardens Dinosaur gardens

What you will need:

  • plants (ivy, ferns, flowers, bushes, moss, the ideas are endless!)
  • rocks (gravel, stones, sand)
  • Dirt
  • container
  • dinosaurs

What You Will Do:

There really is no way to tell you exactly what to do. Let your kids imagine the world they believe dinosaurs lived in. Check out some of the habitats different types of dinosaurs lived in for some understanding and ideas. Or feel free to design your own little dino world!

Lego Dinosaurs: How to Create Dinos

Here at The Boy’s Store we love to share some of our favorite blogs. Over the years we have shared blogs written by moms, dads, grandparents, and even some of our readers. One of our favorite blogs is written by fellow mommy blogger Sarah at Frugal Fun 4 Boys. Sarah is the mom of four very busy boys, and one girl. Sarah is so incredibly talented when it comes to keeping her boys busy with fun activities. That is why we love sharing her secrets. When you find something that works, you keep doing it!

This month we are excited to share Sarah’s dinosaur lego tutorial. Since so many of our little boys love dinosaurs we wanted to share this incredibly easy-to-follow tutorial to make dinosaurs from any lego set. Sometimes with kids, especially thanks to tv commercials, you end up buying so many different toys and trysts. Which can get very expensive.The fun of legos is you don’t always have to buy a special set, just use your imagination and get creative.

Lego dinosaurs

So hurry on over to Frugal Fun 4 Boys to check out this incredible tutorial to make four different yet amazing lego dinosaurs.