Rocks of various sizes and shapes
Dish soap or hand soap
Newpaper, or an old towel, to cover the work surface
Large T-shirt for your child to wrap to protect their clothing (optional)
Start by taking a walk in search of rocks to clean and paint to turn into your very own masterpiece! Bring a bag along for your child to easily carry all of the rocks they collect.
Now, cover the work surface and your child’s clothing.
Next, fill a bowl with soapy water and give your child the sponge to scrub and clean their rocks to prepare them for paint.
Finally, let your child dip the sponge brush, or chunky paintbrush, into the paint and dab the paint and onto their rock. Let your child explore, there is no right or wrong way. Look at the masterpiece they can create!
Curious about your child’s development? All children develop at their own pace, but the Center for Disease Control’s developmental milestones can be a helpful guideline. Here are a few examples:
Additional family resources
Learning begins at birth. ECA provides foundations for learning, starting with age-appropriate experiences for infants, toddlers, and preschool. ECA also offers a range of family support programs that encourage family involvement with children’s learning.
This free texting service provides quality, developmental information for parents and caregivers of children prenatal to age eight right to your phone. Messages include research-based, age-appropriate content from national experts, along with local updates of events and resources.
Your local library has many resources for you as a parent as well as for your child. We encourage you to take advantage of all they have to offer. For an online list of libraries by city, go to publiclibraries.com/state