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Rock Hunting Activity with Your Children

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It’s fun Friday and we are excited about today’s easy and inexpensive activity to do with your children – rock hunting!

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
• Paintbrushes
• 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?

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15 Responses to “Rock Hunting Activity with Your Children”

  1. Jess April 9, 2010 at 10:38 am #

    Fun! This is such a good idea to do with the boys. I so wish I was more creative.

  2. Michelle April 9, 2010 at 1:19 pm #

    Jess,
    Thanks – hope you & your boys have fun on your hunt. And we are sure you are creative in your own ways & when you need more ideas you can just visit our blog. :)
    Michelle

  3. Melanie B April 10, 2010 at 2:47 pm #

    this takes me back to my mom. She was creative and had little money as well. We had a great time making things from scratch. What a great idea to have with a little one!

  4. Michelle April 11, 2010 at 10:16 am #

    That’s a great memory Melanie. We are sure you are creative like your mom too! Michelle

  5. Teri H April 12, 2010 at 11:31 am #

    I think I will do this with my 3 oldest this weekend. Thanks

  6. Kristie April 12, 2010 at 4:59 pm #

    What a fun idea! I’ve never thought of making pet rocks with my kids. I should, too, because my daughter collects them all the time on our walks! ;-)

  7. Chrysa April 12, 2010 at 11:23 pm #

    This sounds fun! Thanks for the suggestion.

    • admin April 13, 2010 at 7:51 am #

      Thanks Chrysa.
      It is a lot of fun. Hope you enjoy your rock hunting adventure.
      Michelle

  8. Michelle April 13, 2010 at 7:55 am #

    Kristie,
    Since your daughter already collects rocks, this will be an added bonus. :) Your very own eXtreme rock hunting adventure. :)
    Michelle

  9. Michelle April 13, 2010 at 7:56 am #

    Teri,
    Have fun!
    Michelle

  10. Lisa R April 13, 2010 at 8:35 am #

    I loved this as a kid. When I got a bit older I use to sell them. Who knew they would come out with the pet rock. I could have made a fortune….lol

    sibabe64 at ptd dot net

  11. tina reynolds April 13, 2010 at 12:25 pm #

    My son loves doing this, he calls them fossils we have a blast, we also go geocaching another fan outside cheap activity. My daughter likes pretending they are jewels.

  12. Lance Pearson April 13, 2010 at 1:19 pm #

    dreamcleavers@yahoo.com
    what a cool way to spend with your child on a nice day-very inexpensive entertainment too

  13. Lauren Foster April 14, 2010 at 5:34 pm #

    this is a great idea… My son LOVES rocks and brings them in the house daily! This would give him something to do other then carry them around and drop them on my tile… :)

    • admin April 15, 2010 at 9:10 am #

      That’s funny Lauren! :) All about making the best of the situation right? We are sure he will have great rock art. :)
      Michelle

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