This Reader ‘Rock’ed An Idea to Spread Positivity

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DIY Kindness rocks

How painting rocks can spread positivity…

Finding activities for kids to participate in that don’t cost a lot, stir creativity, and also have meaning is a triple win! Hip2Save reader, Joan, and her daughter discovered a great way to accomplish all three.

Joan and her ten year old daughter, Sarah, started decorating rocks! This mother-daughter duo placed their masterpieces next to the sidewalk to brighten the day of others walking by.

girl with painted rocks

“All you need for this project are rocks, acrylic paint, sharpie markers, and a sealant such as mod podge. Where we live in California, we were able to find these items at our local Dollar Tree store. You can also easily find them online and have them shipped to you.

We checked out some rock painting books from our local library and we also looked online for ideas. There are a lot of good video tutorials on YouTube.

Painted rocks in mulch

Thank you, Joan, for sharing your idea with us! We enjoyed seeing your daughter’s creativeness and kindness rocks. This is a great activity for children (and adults) of all ages!

Try this idea with your kids!

Gather the kiddos, take them for a walk, and collect rocks of all shapes and sizes. Set up an art station with paints and brushes, and talk about how to decorate each rock. The kids will have fun creating their very own masterpieces. Once the rocks are dry, set the rocks around your neighborhood to spread a little happiness!


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Comments 11

  1. Sherrys100

    Our little town has done this for years. You can find painted rocks all over town and the parks. We even have a facebook group showing the rocks they find. Kids love it!!

    • AmandaJ

      Ours too!

  2. Mei

    This has been done in our elementary schools each year and put outside as a reminder to students as they enter.

  3. Kay

    So fun, pretty, frugal n kind. We found a really pretty one when waiting for Polar Express train. My daughter was excited to bring it home. Then we took it to church to spread forward the Christmas cheer. That rock was the most beautifully-painted I’ve seen yet. It had a Christmas vignette on it.

  4. tiredday

    We painted a bunch of lady bug ones and hide them in the yard for my child to do a Bug Hunt during quarantine.

    • tiredday

      It’s like an Easter Egg hunt

    • tiffany

      Love it!

  5. SavingsMama

    The kindness rocks were really popular it seemed for a while. Then kids lost interest. I ask the kids since when does being a kind person go out of style?! I am going to put some around town again. Another cute thing I’ve seen is care kits in the Free Little Library…they have Ziplocs filled with a couple disposable masks and a travel hand sanitizer, some had drive thru food coupons too. That’s in addition to the books people put in there.

  6. Tracy

    Love this. Anyone know if there is a place where I could purchase the flat rocks for painting?

    • tiredday

      Buy a bag of river rock at Lowe’s or Home Depot

  7. Marie

    Like Sherry’s town our small Ohio town has been doing this for years. I believe that it started with the children from the little rec center in town where the children go to summer day camp. The kids make colorful rocks and hide them all over town. All of the kids in town know that if you find a rock you have to hide it in a different spot.

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