Rock Hunting Activity with Your Children
Some of my best childhood memories are from our rock hunting days with mom. The older I get the more I appreciate how creative my mom was. She had two little ones at home and didn’t have a lot of money, but what she did have was creativity. When we were getting restless she would announce a rock hunt! We would walk to this abandoned lot full of rocks about 7 blocks from our house and start our hunt for our “treasures”. Once we had a bag full of rocks we would return home, dump them on the picnic table and sort through them. We would imagine what these shapes could become; ladybugs, bears, dogs, a sun – there were no limits! Once we decided what we were creating, we would paint the rocks, add wiggly eyes and mom would glue it on a piece of wood.
My favorite masterpiece was a panda. I remember finding a smooth rock that I thought would be perfect for his body. I picked out 4 little rocks for paws, another smooth rock for a head, painted them black and white, added wiggly eyes and gave it to mom to glue onto the wood. I was so proud of my panda that I gave it to my pre-school teacher the next day. Several years later I saw her while I was running wedding errands near my childhood home. She was about 75 years old. We were chatting and she said she still had my rock panda! I was stunned that she still had my “masterpiece.”
You can do this easy and inexpensive activity with your children.
All you need is:
- A park, field or abandoned lot where rocks can be found
- A container to collect rocks
- Non-toxic paint
- Wiggly eyes (not recommended for children under 3 yrs old)
- Wood for mounting
- Gorilla glue (to be used by adult supervising the activity)
- A sense of adventure
What “cheap and easy” activities do you do with your children?