Do your kids have a rock collection? Does that rock collection kind of annoy you?
If yes, keep reading.
If no, you should probably go find some rocks because the following DIY project is too good to pass up.
Make a memory game using that rock collection and simple craft supplies that’s perfect for bored afternoons, car trips, or at the very minimum, spending an afternoon learning how to paint rocks.
How to Make a Rock Memory Game
- Rocks (preferably of the smooth, flat variety)
- Acrylic paint
- Googly eyes
Step 1: Pair rocks
This is exactly as easy as it sounds. Try to include at least five pairs in your memory game.
Step 2: Tape Off Designs
If you want to add a geometric shape to your rock, using masking tape is infinitely easier than freehand. Press the tape firmly to the rock’s surface and paint — inside the lines — to fill the shape.
Step 3: Paint Designs
Tip: Paint light colors on first. It’s much easier to paint a single layer of dark paint over a light shade than vice versa.
If you have darker rocks, you may have to paint more than one layer of paint. That’s cool, though. It’s summer and you have all day. Living the dream. Painting rocks.
Paint a small pink circle, add darker pink cheeks and a mouth. When the paint is dry, add googly eyes. Take it to the next level with braided hair. You heard us. Attach with the same glue you used for the eyes (this tacky Scotch glue does the trick for us).
Want to add polka dots?
Dip the end of a narrow-handled paint brush in the paint and dab it on your rock.
Step 4: Seal Your Rocks
If you plan on using these puppies over and over, in a variety of environments, seal them with a layer of Mod Podge or a spray sealant. Maybe don’t let the kids do that last one.
Step 5: Play the Memory Game
Any other rock-painting fans out there?