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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 was a way to get kids outdoors and spreading joy and kindness. 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.

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

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. 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?

DIY Paint: Scratch and Sniff Paint

Now that the weather is warming up the yards are looking much more beautiful, and the little in-home artists we always seem to forget we employ are looking to get their paint on. If you are like me and you don’t always have paint on hand (it goes bad when I do so why keep it forever?) then you just might want to look in to trying this fun tutorial. Not only can you and your kids make paint, you can make paint that is scratch and sniff. Now once your paint dries you can enjoy how it looks, and how it smells.

I cannot take credit for this amazing idea. But I can take credit for finding it. Growing a Jeweled Rose is an amazing website with all sorts of activities aimed at entertaining and educating kids. This fun and unique tutorial will also you to actually create scratch and sniff paint that can be used to paint the most beautiful picture. It is even non-toxic and completely edible, so if like me you have a small toddler looking to get in on the fun it is “ok” when he very suddenly sticks the whole paintbrush in his mouth.

scratch and sniff paint

Head on over to Growing a Jeweled Rose now and see their full tutorial. While you are there you should check out some of their other incredible tutorials. You and our kids just might find some activities to keep you busy this Spring Break.

Outdoor Summer Fun: Squirt Gun Painting

Squirt Gun Painting Fun

If you are anything like me you have become quickly disillusioned by summer break. The sounds of children complaining they are bored has become too much. It is time to send them back outside to do something else. Anything else, as long as they are outside!

This fun artistic endeavor will not only keep them busy, hopefully wear them out, it will also be one of the more exciting things they get to do outside. Squirt Gun Painting. Now don’t worry we are sure you can make sure to buy water soluble paint in case the painters get a little over zealous, but we do suggest wearing clothes you don’t care much about when you let them do this.

Fireflies and Mudpies writer and creator Melissa is the one to credit for this gem of a summer project. A writer, photographer, and educator, she knows how to get artistic and make it fun. And this is certainly fun. Art is such an important part of the world, and the world of education. It can also be incredibly fun. Especially when you do it with squirt guns and boys who have been cooped up in the house.

Squirt-Gun-Painting-in-Summer

We suggest heading over to Fireflies and Mudpies and learning all about how this fun project was created and the great tips on how to make it safe, fun, and easier to clean up. We just know it will be a hit!