Happy #WednesdayPlayday, peeps! Did I mention the kids are home all week before camp starts?! No? (Our recycling bin has had more white wine bottles in it than usual… that’s how you know.) It’s an #EverydayPlayday sort of a week… Yesterday we were home bound while Louisa napped so we did a spin on our Easter Egg coloring with some heated beach rocks.
Any smooth rock will work. Bigger is actually better since they don’t move around when the kids are trying to color them. In my ongoing attempt to kill time, I had everyone really scrub down their rocks first. This was good for 10 minutes.
I googled ‘heating rocks’ and I guess there’s some chance of exploding rocks because of trapped moisture if you put them in the oven so… I didn’t do that. I just plunked our rocks into some boiling water for a few minutes and then transferred them over to cookie sheets with tongs (dry them first). These rocks are definitely HOT, but all three of my children were fine with that. Martha may have touched hers once or twice which she didn’t love, but she didn’t get anywhere close to burned so I think this is a ‘lesson learned’ type of project.
We have a ton of crayons and the plain ol’ crayolas worked the best. After about 20 minutes, the rocks were cool enough that the crayons didn’t really melt anymore, but that was more than enough time for everyone to finish their decorating.
I lined the cookie sheet with tin foil when they wanted to decorate the bottom of their rocks to keep the melted crayon from getting on the cookie sheet.
And now… no idea what we’re going to do with all these colored rocks, but all three children ages 2.5 to 5 loved this project. For more #WednesdayPlayday activities, click HERE and scroll down!
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