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Mother Nature is a wonderful and inexpensive resource for craft supplies. Here's a way to combine an adventure outdoors with a crafty project.
Small rocks or pebbles
Small paint brush
Old t-shirt or smock
Head outdoors and help your kid pick out enough small pebbles to fill a large cup.
Line your workspace with newspaper to avoid any mess, and put the smock on your child.
Make a small puddle using at least 3 different colors of paint on a large paper plate.
Invite your child to dip the rocks into the paint, covering as much of the rock as she can.
Make piles based on colors and allow them to dry. (You may need to flip the rocks over halfway through the drying time to ensure that both sides of the rock are entirely dry.) If any spots were missed, use the small paint brush to touch up the colors.
Hand your child a pencil and invite her to draw shapes in a pattern or design onto a piece of cardboard.
Label three areas on the cardboard with the name of each color you used to paint the rocks.
Lay the cardboard flat on the ground or table. Glue each rock to the area labeled with the matching color. For example, red rocks would go under the "Red" area, blue rocks under the "Blue", and so on.
Let the glue dry, and you've got a beautiful painted rock mosaic! Extend this activity by experimenting with different patterns and materials.
This craft is reprinted courtesy of education.com where you will find projects geared to various grade levels.