Inside: Are you looking for an activity for Preschoolers that is fun and engaging? Rock Painting for Preschoolers is a simple rock craft idea. Here you will find the best paint for painting rocks and simple rock painting ideas.
If you are looking for a simple outdoor activity for preschoolers to engage and learn through then rock painting is a must! It’s fun, simple and a cheap activity plus you are in the great outdoors which we love.
Materials needed for Rock Painting
- Gather Rocks
- Assortment of Paint Brushes
- Paper Plates
- Paint Clothes or paint smock
We found the best paint for rock painting is the Multi Purpose Premium Satin Acrylic Paint – it’s not washable but it’s the best! It’s not too runny and works great for the tiny painting and precise art with rock painting.
I love that the rock painting for preschoolers offers a great activity that is screen free and requires very little prep work or supervision. The little minds have freedom to paint and create their own art. If you are doing this activity with older kids it would be fun to do directed drawing/ painting with them as an idea for an activity.
Steps to Rock Painting with Preschoolers
- Go on a nature walk and gather rocks, encourage them to look for flat/ smooth rocks
- Using water wash off the rocks from debris, using a paper towel dry them off.
- Let the preschooler choose 3 paints because in reality they will all be mixed in the end! Plus it keeps things simple. Older kids obviously could have many colors for their rock painting art.
- Let paint completely dry.
Simple Rock Painting Ideas
- I love the idea of using your rocks you’ve painted as a RAK – Random act of Kindness. Create a message on your rocks i.e. Jesus Loves You and place them around your community, what a way to brighten someones day, right?
- Use as a rock hunt. Kind of like an easter egg hunt, one hides the others find.
- Give the rocks a bath!!! I love this idea and so will any preschooler who loves water.
The Benefits of Rock Painting for Preschoolers
- What better way to exercise fine motor skills.
- A great opportunity to talk about God’s creation and explore different shapes and sizes of rocks
- Let their creativity run wild with colors or pictures on their rocks
- Great screen free activity engaging these early minds in an activity
- An attention grabber – my preschooler is so occupied by this activity and could paint rocks for hours if I let her!
We are a husband and wife team, pairing our strengths together to teach our preschooler in the most fun and engaging way we possibly can. The mister is a high school educator at Northlake Christian school in Covington Louisiana and over the Innovation Center, which is all things STEAM. I am a SAHM that blogs pretty much everything we do in our little paradise, from what we eat, to where we travel to how we teach our little one. We hope you are inspired to incorporate STEAM into learning with your children.