Summer Activities For Kids
Ideas For Pebble And Rock Painting

Painting pebbles makes for perfect summer activities for kids.

From butterflies to ammonites, our homeschool ideas will inspire you to see rocks as works of art waiting to be discovered.

But we find in our summer homeschool that kids need a few ideas to get started before they can see the potential lying on the beach.

So we've come up with lots of homeschool ideas so that your kids see rock painting as one of the highlights of the summer.

Here are our homeschool top tips.

tips for painting rocks

Kindness Rocks

Angie from my Courageous Homeschooling Facebook group has a brilliant suggestion for summer activities for kids - or anytime of the year!

Join the Kindness Rocks Project, paint your pebbles and spread kindness as unsuspecting recipients discover your creations!

"It seems rock painting has taken over all of our craft time. We are really into the Kindness Rocks movement right now where we paint rocks and hide them for others to find.

We put our group name on the back and people can post the found rocks to Facebook and we get to see how far they travel. One lucky lady in one of our groups had a rock found by a woman visiting from Australia and she took it with her all over the US,  posting photos of the rock to our group.  Then she took it home with her to Australia and whenever she travels she takes pictures of the rock over there too!"

~ Angie, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook Group

What a brilliant idea!  Thanks Angie.

Rock Painting For Kids

As you can see from our homeschool butterfly, there is something fantastic about painting on pebbles which your kids will love.

hand painted jaguar rock

My daughter Catherine enjoys rock painting so much she has become really talented! 

She has her own Wild Art Treasures shop on Etsy selling her hand painted rock animals and does custom orders too if you would like your own pet portrait!

Homeschool Ideas

As you can see, pebble painting is a delight!

Here's a few more ideas you can try to encourage your kids when you're painting rocks:

  • Paint some pebbles with light acrylic paint first as a base layer. It makes it easier to paint on because stones can be too dark to show up colors.
  • Use our homeschool dinosaur kids crafts project to inspire your children to try finding a pet dinosaur on the beach! Dinosaurs make a great addition to homeschool summer activities for kids because there's so much you can do with them.
  • Put out lots of different media for your kids to try painting pebbles with - wax crayons, pastels, water colors, acrylics, even pencil - they all have different effects.
  • Our fun homeschool kids art projects make use of all different techniques and you can use your crafts skills on anything from a spider to a whale.
how to draw a dragon
  • Butterlies have to be the essential part of any homeschool summer! They also happen to be great for painting on rocks.
  • Their wing patterns make them beautiful subjects as you'll see on our butterfly crafts page.
butterfly pebble
  • If you need more encouragement to see pebble painting as one of the things that makes for a great summer, watching kids painting on the rocks around them should inspire you:

As you can see, all you really need is a few big rocks lying around, get out the paints and have fun!

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Pebble painting really can be one of the highlights of summer activities for kids.

This mouse is one of my favorites:

mouse pebble

Next time you're on a walk, try getting your kids to hold rocks and pebbles in their hands and see what's hiding.

Lin Wellford's book on The Art Of Painting Animals on Rocks has step-by-step tutorials on how to paint everything from snakes to ladybugs:



Looking at the shape of the rock is a great way to get inspiration.

Even simple dots and stripes can be very effective.

Even better, this one of those summer activities you can actually do while you're sitting on the beach!

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