School is almost out and if you have a little one who is leaving the early school days behind for summer, or maybe you have preschoolers at home, keeping kids learning during the long days of summer is important. What is really important is keeping the learning fun for these little ones. Kids are expected to read and spell at a much younger age, in addition to just knowing the alphabet. That is why you will love these painted rocks crafts. ABC Letter Rocks are an easy craft to make at home and will be hours of learning fun this summer. Keep them in the house, use them in the sand box, or pack them in your beach bag to take with you to the beach.
Painted Rocks Crafts To Make Learning Fun: ABC Letter Rocks Tutorial
- Smooth Rocks
- Acrylic Paint
- Fine Tip Paint Brushes
- News Paper
How To Make Letter Rocks:
You can start this project with a good, old fashion rock hunt! My kids love to look for pretty rocks. I used a bunch of rocks from our rock collection that were already polished. I don’t even know where they came from. You don’t have to use polished rocks though. Regular rocks will do just fine but smooth is ideal for painting.
Make sure your rocks are clean. Wash them with warm water and soap to remove any dirt. Rinse and dry before painting.
Lay out a newspaper or paper towel to protect your work surface and begin laying your rocks out to decide which letters will go on which rocks.
Carefully begin painting your letters on each rock. I did them free hand.
Apply two coats of paint to each letter to give a nice, vibrant color. Make sure to let the paint dry between coats.
After the letters have dried, go back and with contrasting colors add decorative dots and stripes to each rock.
Be as creative as you want to be with these painted rock crafts! The rocks can have as little or as much decor as you like. Just remember that the goal is to help teach kids their letters so you don’t want to distract from the letters too much.
If you want, you can paint the upper case letter on one side of the rock and the lower case on the opposite. The kids will have lots of fun playing letter recognition games, organizing the letters in order and spelling simple words with their ABC letter rocks. I hope you enjoy these painted rocks crafts and I’d love to see how your come out! Tag us @FamilyFocusBlog or #FamilyFocusBlog