One of my memories of summer holidays with my Grandad was taking walks down to the river with him and his border collie, Gwen. During our walks he would attempt to teach me the fine art of stone skimming whilst we stood on the river bank… I say attempt as I still can’t manage to get it right.
After failing miserably once again at stone skimming I would opt on collecting beautiful stones to take back to their house (something my children do every time we go to the beach). Once we were back at my grandparent’s house I would colour the stones in felt tip pen or if my Granny wasn’t baking I was allowed to get the paints out and let my creative juices flow.
Painting stones has to be one of the easiest and cheapest crafts to get your children involved in. Stones can be found like hidden treasure whilst on walks in the woods, on the way to school or along the beach, whilst paints and brushes can be picked up at your local Poundland store.
In need of some inspiration? Take a look at what I found whilst searching some blogs or you could even search Pinterest.
The Alphabet Rocks!
Mum of One has a fabulous alphabet rocks idea, a great way to aid letter recognition, spelling but would make a lovely gift idea too.
Painted stones for kids
Alongside reading new books Damson Lane likes to bring the story to life with different crafting activities related to the storyline. After reading Only One You by Linda Kranz she shared her painted stones for kids craft idea… take a look it is amazing.
Name stone gifts
One of my favourite craft posts I have seen this year has to be from Thrifty Home, the name stone gifts is an amazing gift idea and relights my love for those transfer letters that you rub with a lollipop stick.
Create a village for little people
Do the fairies live at the bottom of your garden? Why not get your children to make a village for little people from Thinly Spread
Baby Budgeting shares a very simple idea of stone art with kids by using a metallic pen and writing reflections on stone, a great way to get kids to express what they are feeling or thinking.
Make your own pet stones
The Mad House has an ultimate guide to crafting with stones in which she share her make your own pet stones, which I think are super cute and so easy for children to make.
So what are you waiting for… go get your craft on!
Disclosure: I am a Poundland Ambassador for which I have been challenged to showcase some summer holiday kids activities – I have received Poundland gift vouchers in order to carry out this challenge.