These are some of the rocks I painted. Ready to hide!
We washed and dried large pebbles. We used a hairdryer to make sure each rock was completely dry and then used acrylic paints to decorate each rock. I have since bought some lovely oil paint pens from Amazon which worked really well for intricate detail. Easier to control than a brush. Then used the dryer to dry the paint before giving the whole rock several coats of spray on varnish.
I hid the rocks the next day and set up a page on Facebook for the village families to engage with. In 24 hours the craze had started. By Monday afternoon children on the school run were running up to me asking me about the game or showing me rocks they had found!
Most mornings or afternoon I take my troops out on rock hunts now. They love it. Everything about it. The painting and hiding and especially the finding!
Even some of my youngest children have wanted to join in with the decorating!
I love how many different designs have started to appear around the village. It is lovely when you see your rock has been found by someone and quite exciting when you find one you have never seen before!
The adults are getting in on the painting action now and even local childminders, the village Sports and social club and even the school!
This is such a fantastic activity to get children out and about, bring happiness to others in the community and explore your creativity!
Does your local community have a “Rock Hunting” group set up? Have you found a random pretty rock and now realise what it is all about! Would love to hear from you all.