We found this really great egg shaped rock on one of our visits to the river. My husband wanted our boys to paint it so he could sit it on his desk at work. So instead of slathering a bunch of craft paints globbed all over it, I googled “painting rocks” and came across a really unique method of “painting” that creates a beautiful work of art using….crayons. Crayons!
Beautiful, hey? I loved watching my oldest create this today. It’s without a doubt my favorite project to date. Wouldn’t a collection of smaller rocks would be gorgeous in a big glass jar on the shelf?! What a perfect way to preserve our memories of our adventures along the river bank.
*Disclaimer: We had originally recommended using the oven to heat the rocks prior to coloring, but it’s come to my attention that rocks have been known to explode when heated at high temperatures in the oven. Skip the oven altogether and use a hairdryer to melt crayons over top of the rock.
- crayons (the glitter ones work beautifully!)
- a placemat or something similar to keep your table clean (just in case)
- a child old enough to understand they CANNOT touch the rock while working on it. My 4.5 year old did really well, although he did bump his finger up against it by accident. Ouch!
- clear gloss spray paint (optional)
- The fun part! Using crayons, start drawing/painting on the rock while an adult uses a hairdryer to get the wax nice and melty over the rock.
- Let dry (ours took about an hour more or less to fully cool).
- It’s ready to be enjoyed at this point, but if you want to give it an extra layer of protection, spray a thin coat of clear gloss spray paint on it and let it dry for an additional 20 minutes.
I found this activity incredibly relaxing, and I know my son did too. If you try this let me know how you make out!