Super simple summer fun: pebble painting for kids they can turn into rainbow rock letters. A fun rock painting activity for kids where with really low prep time required - and does not require cleaning afterward. Take a look!
Make colorful letters out of rainbow pebbles. A fun outdoor activity for kids for the summer! Especially handy if you have a lot of gravel and small rocks in your yard. And find even more fun for kids here:
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Pebble Painting Activities For Kids
You can paint pebbles or gravel in all the colors of the rainbow and even use them for designing colorful letters, right in your backyard. What you'll need are watercolors, water, and a brush or two. And getting pebbles shouldn't be a problem. After the pebbles have dried, you can use them to make letters.
They would also make a wonderful addition to a tiny fairy garden, wouldn't they?
We started together with the toddler, but then I caught myself enjoying it so much I didn't stop when M wandered away to some other (truck-related) activity. He did though show interest again when I said we'd make letters out of pebbles.
What we got was a colorful A, and an even more colorful M. I didn't manage to take a photo of the letters, but it's easy to imagine. Afterwards, a friend of his got a beautiful blue letter T.
Though letters usually do not yet mean anything to two-year-olds. 🙂 It is basically construction work, just like with other materials. We could just as easily have made circles, or squares, or any other forms using pebbles. (I'm sure he'd love to make a truck out of them 🙂 Go, try it out!
And those of you who have kids around the age for writing and reading, go use this as a kickoff exercise to start the new school year. Make colorful letters out of rainbow pebbles. A fun outdoor activity for kids for the summer!
If your kids love spending time outdoors - and you want to save yourself cleaning after kids' have finished painting pebbles, stones, and gravel - you'll love this other kids activity we tried out in our backyard last spring: making beautiful natural paintbrushes. Look how lovely they have turned out!
There's one more thing to mention: this was a kids' activity, and my toddler was only 2 years old, so I didn't dare use any other type of paint. It was watercolors, yes, and yes, they were a one-time thing. Rain slowly washed them away.
How To Permanently Paint Pebbles?
If you, however, are looking for a more permanent decoration for, say, your backyard, make sure to use acrylic paint. It will last through the rain, too! And after the activity is over, let them dry completely, and your kids might want to store them for some other time.
Feel free to make a few of these adorable and easy drawstring pouches to keep them for next time.
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