If you’ve been living under a rock, watch out – you’re about to get painted! Painted rocks are appearing all around New Zealand thanks to the popularity of this simple activity. The idea behind the painted rocks craze is that you paint and hide rocks as a random act of kindness to bring an unexpected smile to someone’s day and then to pass it on.
Not a hugely messy activity, but one which is fun (and cheap) nevertheless, rock painting is loved by kids of all ages (and adults too)! But the fun is only starting as once you paint them, the game of hide and seek begins!
Searching for painted rocks provides a great opportunity to get the kids outside (and away from devices) and to explore your local parks and beaches. With all ages enjoying participating in this exciting treasure hunt, many are using a hashtag to identify where the rock originated from.
What do you need to do to create your own painted rocks?
That’s easy – you simply need three things: a rock, water resistant paint (Resene test points are fantastic!) and a paint brush! Here’s how to get busy ….
- First up, select your rocks. Aim for flat surfaced rocks sized between the size of an egg and the size of a tennis ball.
- Next, start painting! You can paint the rock a single colour, or paint patterns or pictures… perhaps an elaborate picture of your dog or a local scene if you’re feeling artistic! Whatever you choose, we’re certain you’ll have fun doing it.
- Then, using a vivid, write on the back #your-town rocks e.g. #hb rocks
- At this stage, you can paint your rock with a clear sealer to seal and protect the rocks from the weather, but this is completely optional.
- Finally, take a trip to your local park and start hiding your rocks.
Keeping Kids Clean When Painting
We’ve got plenty of protective clothing for your kids to wear when they’re having fun painting, from Coveralls to Craft Aprons to Overpants. Plus we also have Fitted Tablecloths to protect your table from paint spills and splashes – we’re your one stop messy play shop!
Our children’s wet weather gear is also handy for those rock hunting and rock hiding missions if the weather isn’t the best or the ground is wet and muddy!
Popular Examples of Painted Rocks Around New Zealand
If you are looking for a bit of inspiration about what you and your kids can paint, then check out these great examples:
- A rock concert – gather a collection of similar sized small rocks. Paint each one a single colour and stick on some eyes and a mouth. Then glue each rock onto one larger rock for your very own, rock concert!
- Local scenes – how about a painting of Mount Taranaki, Lake Taupo or the Sky Tower? Painting a picture of a famous landmark helps tell people where the rock came from.
- Vehicle rocks – transform your rock into a car, bus or boat! These are great hidden in urban areas or by the beach.
- Super hero rocks – how about creating a collection of Batman or Spiderman rocks? You could draw the character or the logo outline with vivid and then the kids could paint it easily. Thanks to Hawke’s Bay Rocks (#hbrocks) for these beauties!
Painted Rocks Facebook Groups
Rock painting Facebook groups are abundant with many areas around New Zealand running a group where people share photos of their own painted rocks or rocks they have found. Simply search on Facebook for a group in your area. If you can’t find one, it’s simple enough to set up your own group.
If you know of a painted rocks Facebook group in your area please comment below with the group name or link so others can find it and join in too. Thanks!
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