We’ve only been out of school for a couple of weeks, and the kids are already bored! It’s going to be a long summer. Yesterday, we busted out our Pet Rock Tic-Tac-Toe games from our Family Reunion. I think the rocks turned out so cute! Want to make some of your own? This project is bound to keep your kids busy–for a few days at least!
Pet Rock Tic-Tac-Toe
My sister-in-law, Susan, was the brains behind this project. She and her dad made all the tic-tac-toe boards by sawing a tree trunk into disks. I love that some of them cracked and looked weathered. You can make the boards out of anything you’d like. I’ve seen them on mini chalkboards, but you could even just draw chalk lines on the sidewalk.
Here’s what you need for the project:
- Small smooth stones
- Craft paint in at least two colors
- A black bullet-point permanent marker (I like Sharpie or Bic.)
- Googly eyes (the self-adhesive type are great, but if you can’t find them, you’ll need craft glue or a glue gun)
- Paint brushes
- Paper plates
- Cups of water and paper towels for cleaning out the brushes
- Bored children (I have lots of those at my house if you need to borrow a few!)
Now for the fun part: Painting!
We made these at a family reunion, and even the youngest kids got in on the fun.
- Let each child choose ten rocks, a plate, paintbrush and two colors of paint.
- Begin by painting five rocks one color and five rocks the other color. (Send the kids to play while the paint dries.)
- Once the paint is dry, use the sharpie to add details to the bugs, monsters or whatever your kids come up with!
- Finally, add the eyes. Once my youngest had seen my one-eyed monster, there was no way any of her monsters were going to have two eyes! Mike Wazowski–eat your heart out! (Too bad we didn’t have any green paint!)
Now all that’s left is to find a game board and get playing! Here are some ideas for boards:
- A mini chalk board or dry erase board
- A paper plate
- The sidewalk
- A sheet of card stock or paper
- Lines in the dirt
- Be creative!
Looking for some other ideas to keep your kids busy this summer? Try some of these. (Images are linked.)
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