Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Painting rocks and How it Helps Daddy

Painting Rocks With Little Kids
One Thursday afternoon I had a surprising realization.  I hadn't seen Hubby since Monday night...that's three days.  It might seem logical that he was out of town but he wasn't.  He was living the glorious life of a surgical resident with crazy hours.  The poor kids were begging to see him.  The problem is, when he does finally walk in the door after being gone for 3 days, the kids go WILD.  They run around the house screeching at the top of their lungs.  They hit each other and laugh and then fall down, then screech again.  Then they hit Daddy and run away, laughing.  They hang on his neck and yank his ears.  Really, they act just like the dogs.  We know they'll be fine after a few minutes, but those first couple of minutes can be excruciating, especially for a poor tired Hubby with a headache.  Don't get me wrong.  It's cute, but it can be a lot to take.

With that in mind, I decided to come up with a couple of projects that we can be working on when he comes home, so that he can be involved, but their energy will be directed to something positive.  I knew Hubby wouldn't be too intrigued with My Little Pony crafts, but I did find one recently that was right up his alley: Painting rocks.  My kids adore collecting rocks.  This is what Munchkin Girl's bike looks like all the time.

how to keep kids busy with a rock collection, little kids,

Not only do they love to collect them, they love to throw them in ponds, put them in purses, pretty much anything you can do with a rock is A-Ok with my kids.  So, I pulled out the paint and we spent almost an hour one day painting those rocks.

Little Buddy has been painting since he was only an 18 month toddler.  I started him off doing it much younger than Munchkin Girl because he saw Big Sis doing painting and I think that's why he's so good at holding the paintbrush.  He's only two, and he holds the brush almost better than Big Sis (who is almost four).

Sensory learning for smarter kids, painting rocks is a great activity for toddlers and preschoolers

If we want to keep these rocks and have them decorate our garden (Ha, like I have time for a garden!), we can just spray them with acrylic to make the paint last.

Now when Hubby comes home tonight, we'll be all ready to welcome him home, with a nice cheap craft, with hopefully very little high-pitched screaming.

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  1. My GG has the same exact bike and can I ask you were do you so all these awesome crafts?

  2. Now that is what I call creative cheap entertainment. I'm sure every rock is special and now truly unique. Great idea!

  3. We just did this a couple of weeks ago. My 2 looovvved it! Between going on a rock hunt, washing the rocks, and then painting them, we spent an entire morning have a rocky blast! Glad to see I'm not the only one doing this.

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  5. Super smart idea. And then they can throw pretty rocks into the bottom of the pond now too!

  6. My 4 year old daughter loves rocks, too. We've been painting them as she collects them. It's fun and cheap!