Have you heard about The Kindness Rocks Project (learn more about it here)? It’s a wonderful movement that encourages people to decorate rocks with inspirational messages and leave them in random public places for people to find. What a lovely idea, right? We had a great time getting a few kids together a couple weeks ago to make our own rocks and distributed them at a nearby local park. The kids had a blast painting the rocks, all while learning an important lesson in random acts of kindness. Follow these easy directions to make your own Kindness Rocks!
Step 1. First things first, you’re going to have to gather the necessary supplies. For the rocks, you want them to be not too big or heavy but not so small that they’re hard to decorate. We found that about 3″ across were the easiest to work with but there were also some bigger ones and smaller ones that worked great too. Another important factor with rock selection is to make sure at least one side is pretty smooth. It’ll help immensely when it comes time to decorate with the paint pens! As for the spray paint and paint pens, you can decide to have as few or as many color selections as you want. If multiple families are meeting up, have each one bring a few supplies to add to the variety.
Step 2. I highly suggest spray painting one side of the rocks before your guests arrive to make their Kindness Rocks. It’s a stinky job and nobody likes to wait for paint to dry! We split up all our rocks in three groups and painted each one either white, blue, or yellow. Again, you’re more than welcome to have more colors!
Step 3. Now the fun part…decorating! Depending on the size of your group, you can either lay out a blanket in the grass (like we did!) or set up some temporary tables for your guests to sit at. Place the thoroughly dried stones and paint pens in the center of either your blanket or table. If time permits, you could also print out a few sheets of inspirational messages to help stuck guests. The Kindness Rocks Project website has tons of suggestions as well. Younger kids may need some help but can totally participate in decorating once an adult assists with the words. Don’t forget to add the hashtag #TheKindnessRocksProject to the back of the stone!
Step 4. Once all the stones have been decorated and the paint is completely dry, protect the rocks with a couple layers of UV-Resistant Clear Acrylic Coating.
Step 5. Now you’re ready to share your new art with the world! After completing our rocks, we walked to a nearby park and had fun hiding the rocks behind trees and in the playground. This might have been the kids favorite part!
The making process is really easy and fun for the whole family. In fact, I’m not sure who benefits more, the people making the rocks or the ones who find them. Either way, we’ll definitely be doing this again!