Pet Rock Tic-Tac-Toe

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!

Bust the summer boredom blues with Pet Rock Tic-Tac-Toe! {} Paint and Play!

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.

Bust the summer boredom blues with Pet Rock Tic-Tac-Toe! {} Paint and Play!

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!

Bust the summer boredom blues with Pet Rock Tic-Tac-Toe! {} Paint and Play!

We made these at a family reunion, and even the youngest kids got in on the fun.

  1. Let each child choose ten rocks, a plate, paintbrush and two colors of paint.
  2. Begin by painting five rocks one color and five rocks the other color.  (Send the kids to play while the paint dries.)
  3. Once the paint is dry, use the sharpie to add details to the bugs, monsters or whatever your kids come up with!
  4. 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!)

Bust the summer boredom blues with Pet Rock Tic-Tac-Toe! {} Paint and Play!

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!

Bust the summer boredom blues with Pet Rock Tic-Tac-Toe! {} Paint and Play!

Bust the summer boredom blues with Pet Rock Tic-Tac-Toe! {} Paint and Play!

Have fun!

Looking for some other ideas to keep your kids busy this summer?  Try some of these.  (Images are linked.)

Felt Food Sandwich with free printables from OneCreativeMommy {Pick your sandwich combo from turkey, cheese, PB&J, and veggies}

Duck Tape Scooter Makeover

Let your kids fill the walls with inexpensive Crayon Wall Art! {Garage sale frame + a few boxes of crayons = fun!}

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you’ll be back soon.



  1. Tara Brelinsky says

    fun idea for my kiddos. I pinned it.

  2. I LOVE these! The little bugs are delightful. This would keep kids busy for a long time – and then they can come back and play for even more fun. Nice quiet time activity – even in the car.

  3. What a cute idea! My kids are teens now, but we have a little boy next to us that is almost 3, and I bet he would have a lot of fun with it!

    • Thanks, Jennifer. It is a fun project. I have one almost-teen. It’ll be interesting to see how the projects change as my kids get older. One friend says she is going to put this in babysitting kits for her daughters.

  4. What a great idea! I pinned this for later. My toddler just started learning tic tac toe :)

  5. I love this! I can’t wait for my kiddos to adopt a pet rock, and when they do I’ll be making this game for them to play together!

  6. Oh my goodness my 6 year old is going to love love love this. He is into tic tac toe right now and would love making his own pet bugs. Going on our to-do list & pinning! Thanks so much for sharing this at Wake Up Wednesday!

  7. Such a cute idea! My kids would love to paint these and now that the weather is warmer in PA we can head outside to pick our rocks and paint them! Fun!!

  8. Love this idea! So clever and adorable :)

  9. How funny! This is a cute idea :)

  10. These are too cute Heidi! I will be featuring them on Do Tell Tuesday this week!! Thanks for sharing :)

  11. How cute are these! I HAD to pick them as a feature for Do Tell Tuesday :) Stop by today’s post to pick up a featured button, and thanks for linking up!

  12. Ok – I am totally doing this with my kids – super cute! We’re featuring you at Family Fun Friday this week at Happy and Blessed Home. Thanks for sharing :)

  13. How cute is this! What a great idea for the kids. I bet they loved it.

  14. My Grandkids would love this!! But of course I love it too!! Pinned and will be sharing on FB later today as one of the features at Freedom Fridays!!

    Hugs my Friend!!

  15. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says

    Such a cute project! We’re featuring you at this week’s Freedom Fridays! :)

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