A simple title for a simple activity, but however simple, this craft brought the kids so much joy. I think it’s quite special when we’re able to make art using treasures gathered from nature. It adds whimsy and connects us to the earth in such a tangible way that we all just crave now and again, especially after the winter months of being cooped up for weeks on end.
The kids and I have been going for walks in the late afternoon during that dreadful witching hour before Andrew comes home from work. Moms, I am sure you know this well. It’s the one where we’re all pretty spent but giddy and ready to just do something other than be home…so we walk. These walks, they’re my saving grace some days and great way to get out of the house and clear our heads before winding down for supper and bedtime. Theodore and Alfie look on from their stroller and Stella and I chat. There is a trail nearby that we like strolling along, but meandering around our neighborhood and venturing down new streets and sidewalks is also just as nice when we want to stay close. Stella has been picking up rocks on our walks and a few days ago she gathered enough to paint. I made maid-rites that evening and she cozied up in our kitchen with me to color her treasures. Every now and again while I chopped onions I would look over and see her tongue curling up on her upper lip, her brow furrowed, deep in concentration. She loves painting and does so with care and precision.
After all of the rocks were painted we laid them on paper plates to dry in the sunshine. The next day we took them outside and made a chalk game with them. I drew circles on the pavers and put numbers in them, 1-5. We took turns tossing the rocks in the circles, the first one to twenty wins! It was a fun little game that helped her with counting and simple finger math. Theodore enjoyed fetching our scattered painted gems after each turn was over. Alfie looked on like a plump little peach in his knit sweater, happy to be outdoors in the fresh air with us and the birds.
Jasmine Eclipse - What a cute idea! I loved playing with rocks as a child, but I don’t remember ever painting them. I do remember, however, collecting ones that looked like “dinosaur eggs” hahaha
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Meghan - Awesome idea! I am always looking for ways to keep the kids busy so thank you! I love your new blog by the way!
Alexa - I am so curious to hear the story behind each of their names! Such lovely classics.
admin - Stella is a name Andrew and I picked out long ago if we ever had a girl. Her middle name is Vivienne after my grandmother. Theodore is a variation of my great grandpas name and Louie, his middle name is after Louie Armstrong…one of my all-time favorite musicians. Alfie is a name we fell in love with recently and tucked it in our back pocket if he indeed was a boy. His middle name, Francis, has significant Biblical meaning to us. 🙂 x Amanda
mimi - so beautiful! what kind of paint do you use?
admin - We use the Kid Made Modern paint from Target..it’s not washable though…keep that in mind! x Amanda
Jen - What kind of BBQ do you have? It looks kind of cool and vintage?
Peach - I adore this idea, thanks for sharing!
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