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Families Make It! Rock Art

Updated: Oct 5, 2020

We're going on a rock hunt!

With fall weather coming to Indiana and the pandemic still shutting down most of our favorite kid-activities, we've been taking every opportunity to get outside!

Nature is one of the best experiences we can give our kids because it so easily incorporates so many learning opportunities and experiences. They get to smell, listen, look, and touch. They get to take risks and solve problems. And, with a parent leading them in the practice of noticing, they will become more aware of their surroundings and the beauty to be found there.

Take your family on a rock hunt the next time you can get outside! Hunting for rocks slows us all down, invites us to look in places we would normally ignore, and brings out everyone's inner-collector! As your family finds rocks, ask good questions and encourage good question asking: what do you like about this rock? What does it remind you of? Practice descriptive words and sorting: what color is it? Is it smooth or bumpy? Is it big, medium, or small? Rocks are also great opportunities to count and stack!

If you want to take the project to the next level, bring your rocks home and create some art together! I used acrylic paint in the Kylee Makes It episode project, but you can use anything: markers, stickers, googly eyes, glue and glitter (oh, you brave soul!), crayons, etc.

If you can't get outside but are still interested in rocks and rock art, download the Kids Make It! Rock Art printable from the Kids page and use your imaginations together!

Hiding your art for others to find is a great way to get kids thinking about other people and into the future. Make sure to use non-toxic materials if you're hiding your art in nature. If you're not up for hiding the rocks outside, that's fine! Hide art around your house to surprise each other!

If you're currently in the process of teaching your kids from home, first of all: YOU DESERVE A PARADE. Secondly, there are educator resources available for this episode on the Educator page. Check out the Lesson Plan Resource!

As always, I'd love to see what you and your family discovered and created as you were inspired by this episode or post! Post and tag @kyleemakesit or use #kyleemakesit on Facebook or Instagram. I can't wait to see it!

Watch Kylee Makes Rock Art here!

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