Make Your Own Pet Rocks #KidsCrafts

by Janice

Pet Rock Kids Craft

Kids bored? Playdate coming over? Rainy weekend?

If you need a fun kids activity that takes almost no planning, but will keep your children happily entertained for a nice chunk of time, here is an idea — have your kids make their own pet rocks!

I am a child of the ’70s. One day my father returned home from a business trip with a gift for me — a Pet Rock. It was in a card board box that read “Pet Rock,” with breathing holes, straw, and an elaborate instruction manual, “The Care and Training of Your Pet Rock.

I.Loved.It.

So the other day, when Susan’s daughters, Julia and Sophia, were over for a playdate with my daughter Olivia, I told them about my childhood “Pet Rock” and suggested to our girls that they could make their own pet rocks.

They thought it was a great idea and so we quickly gathered our supplies…

SUPPLIES

Rocks
Cardboard boxes
Paint and paint brushes
Construction paper (optional)
Markers and stickers (optional)
Tissue paper (optional)

STEP 1 — Paint Your Pets

After your kids have chosen their rocks, set them up with paint and paint brushes and let the fun begin.

painting pet rocks

STEP 2 — Build Their Homes

After your kids have painted their new pets, it is time to build their homes.

We used cardboard boxes. Sophia chose a smaller box that was already a nice shiny black and so she decided to only use stickers to decorate hers. I helped Julia cover her box with construction paper and then she decorated hers with drawings and stickers.

painting pet rocks

STEP 3 — Time to Play

After a nice long craft session, the girls were finished their pets and boxes.

We used tissue paper to cozy up their pets’ houses and then it was play time.

Pet Rock Kids Craft

Pet Rock Kids Craft

Soon it was time to for Julia and Sophia to go home and they were thrilled to bring home their new pets. It was a perfect play date craft!

Written and photographed by Janice Croze, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom and owner of Janice Croze Photography



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Janice is co-founder of 5 Minutes For Mom. She's been working online since 2003 and is thankful her days are full of social media, writing and photography. You can see more of her photos at janicecrozephotography.com.

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1 Lizzie Lau May 3, 2014 at 2:45 am

We paint rocks a lot. After they dry I cover them in mod podge and put them in the garden. We live in the desert so I don’t know if that stuff would work in wet climates or not.
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