When my son was little he collected rocks. Millions of them (it seemed), but although he did enjoy sorting them into color piles, and incorporating them into his Hot Wheels playtime, we never thought of making cool crafts with them. Too bad, because there are a ton of awesome rock crafts out there to be made. Rock crafts, well, rock, because they encourage your kids to get outside to hunt down craft materials and let's face it, you don't get a much more inexpensive craft material than rocks. Check out the cool rock inspired art, craft and learning projects below and get rocking. *SAFETY NOTE: Clearly, rocks are only meant for kids old enough to know NOT to eat them. Please don't give your young toddler or baby rocks to play with -- and have your older kids keep rock-based toys in a safe place, out of reach from tiny, curious hands.
Teach cooperation and concentration with a brightly colored tic-tac-toe game made of rocks. Better than wasting sheet after sheet of paper for sure!
These rock critters are so cute and the perfect starter pet too – not to mention easier to clean up after than a real pet! Easy and fun, most of these critters can be made with just a little parent help. There’s even a handy section with more tips for creating awesome rock critters.
Now, if your kiddo makes a rock alphabet or words, we can’t promise he’ll voluntarily spell out the sweet sentiment shown above, but here’s hoping.
Felted Rainbow Rocks
These brightly colored wool felted rainbow rocks are beautiful enough to give as a gift and can be used for stacking, setting up in a fairy garden or used in a dollhouse as mod furniture.
Rock Veggie Garden Markers
Put your kid to work making you some pretty rock garden markers, which not only look adorable but allows your kid to work on writing, spelling and drawing.
This fun idea is perfect for a train obsessed kiddo and trust us MUCH less costly than a real eco-friendly train set. Plus, you can draw tracks wherever you like that go wherever you like too – get creative and use paper, or draw tracks outside in the dirt with a stick. If you use small rocks and clean the rocks well, these little train cars would also look sweet on a birthday cake.
Dominoes is a super fun game, plus allows kids to work on cooperation, taking turns and number skills.
The clever story stones you see above are available to buy, but you can also get creative and make your own. Try designing a fairy tale set of story stones or a set about baby animals. Really, the possibilities are endless here and your child can design stones that tell any story he likes. See a primer on how to make and play with story stones.
Garden Rock Caterpillar
This little guy is so adorable! Your child will have lots of fun making this fella and he’ll look outstanding in your garden.
Real stamps are SO expensive! Who knew that all you needed to make your own homemade stamps were some rocks and raised stickers!?
Yarn Rocks, Pebble Plaque & Hedgehog – Oh My
Apparently, if you paint rocks like strawberries and place them round your real strawberry plants in the garden, birds will get annoyed trying to eat them, thus avoid your real berries too. That’s one good reason to make berry rocks, but these also look great in a play kitchen and your child could make other play food with rocks too.
Grrrrr! Rock monsters will scare up fun for any kid. You can even attach self-sticking magnets to the backs for some spooky fridge magnet fun.
Lead image via Alpha Rocks