With all of the awesome pieces of art being created in the world of kindness rocks there’s no reason why younger artists should be left out. Everyone loves finding a fantastic looking rock just the same as everyone loves creating a small piece of beauty to behold.
Some of the story stones and intricate paintings are too much for small kids to craft. So we decided to share some fun crafts that are perfect for everyone.
Why choose rock painting as a craft activity for children using Life of Colour paint pens?
The simple answer is that it’s just so easy to use Life of Colour acrylic paint pens and not only that - you can get your rock painting supplies here in Australia and New Zealand!
Rock painting ideas for schools
The many benefits of embracing art within rock painting for children range from teaching valuable lessons like kindness acts with the concept of “sharing is caring”, enhancing bonds in friendships, supporting their creative outlets, artistic techniques, abilities to follow step by step instructions- the list really is endless!
There are great ways to use rock painting in the classroom including for various educational activities, rock hunting, creating games, simple life cycles, gift giving and story stone sets.
All of Life of Colour amazing rock painting kits are available with free postage within Australia and flat rate of $6 to New Zealand too! When you choose the Life of Colour paint pens you are supporting an Australian business. Afterpay your rock painting supplies today.
Get our pens in Australia and New Zealand, a handful of rocks from your local landscape supplier and get your kid's creative juices flowing!
Young children- Preschool
For this age group any of the 3mm Life of Colour paint markers would be the best paint pens for the job due to the ease of handling. To have the basic shades to teach kids about colours (red, blue, yellow) and secondary colours (orange, green and purple), we recommend the Classics set.
Simple lines in alternative colours would encourage the children’s hand control and turn taking skills as they share their pen supplies around with their friends.
Other images could be drawn by the teachers to support the children’s abilities to trace and recognise such as shapes, numbers and alphabet letters- why not learn along the way we say!
Another great strategy would be to provide some of our great stencils and just let the children go for it and see what they come up with.
Young children- Infant age
Primary school age is a fun stage because they have so much imagination and whilst their drawing skills are still far from developed the children are able to follow simple steps to complete their art.
Using the 3mm and 1.5mm Life of Colour paint pens this age group could easily attempt things such as - Stick figures, hearts, simple flowers, balls, cartoon animals, faces, houses and lots of everyday objects.
Fun colour combos can motivate them to embrace art in the learning process, kids in elementary school age will enjoy the Earth Colours for nature school projects. Drawing water, grass, wood, mountains, roads, houses is very easy using this set.
Get the children to write their names on rocks to strengthen their abilities in penmanship and to give a sense of ownership.
Play games of Tic tac toe using their rock creations- check out some of our pictures below to give you some inspiration.
Keep their rock creations to gift to loved ones -sending home their art no longer has to be the ordinary piece of paper now that Life of colour is in your lives.
Older children - Primary age
Literacy skills are really developing during this stage and one way to encourage them is to create sets of story stones together using your Life of Colour acrylic paint pens! We would recommend introducing the 1mm paint pen at this age to compliment the other pen sizes.
How do you create story stones?
Choose the classrooms favourite book (Hungry caterpillar for example) and pinpoint the main events, scenes and characters from the book. The developing ability to copy pictures and set a great task for the children by assigning everyone in the class with a character, event or scene to complete using the book as a guide to follow.
This age group is also confident in following instructions with multiple steps - there are many great rock tutorials to access for them.
Stencils may also be used as a base for them to add onto to create more complex images.
Pre-teens - Tweening!
Refined art skill sets are developing as teens have access to many more mediums and creative outlets.
Techniques such as shading, blending, bleeding, hatching and sgraffito(to scratch) may be employed by this age group in rock painting.
The ability to execute perspective and relative sizing using intricate pen work will see some realistic imagery come to life on rocks!
This age group often seeks crafts of interest so why not try to concentrate on images that they find appealing which also may include hemes they want to create for their siblings like Harry Potter, Angry birds or Bluey.
Writing skills are now well underway with the development of cursive script teens can scribe fancy looking messages to their friends and loved ones to spread the love!
Rock ideas for kids of all ages
Some of us remember the days of fluro shirts, dresses, tights, socks and headbands - now we have the paint markers to get back in touch with all that 80’s style! So let out that inner hypercolour t shirt lover to play and go crazy.
Prepare to get psychedelic with rock painting and add “pops”of colour everywhere with Life of Colour fabulously fluro acrylic paint pens set, that includes 5 neon colours: yellow, pink, green, orange and blue! (Get them here)
Follow the step by step in this wonderful tutorial: Fluro glow in the dark bubbles