Thursday, August 19, 2010

Rock Mosaics

We have an abundance of rocks in our lives. They come into our house stuffed in tiny pockets. They can be found rolling around in the dryer when Mommy forgets to check those tiny pockets. They decorate our shelves and tables. They are often are turned into insects, used in games and given as presents.

Yesterday we made Rock Mosaics. It started with a trip to the park to gather little pebbles. We also added some bigger rocks to the pile.

I gave each of my children a canvas painting board and had them draw out their designs.

Cardboard would also work for this part of the craft. My son drew a diamond shape, while my daughter created a seaside landscape. One of the things I really love about this craft was that my two year old could do every step of the process along with us. Her art was a little more abstract!

After the designs were on the board we put out bowls of rocks and plates of glue. They went to work making their mosaics with the stones. We used a tacky, white glue and within a few hours their creations were dry.

Now time to paint. The girls started out with water colours while my son opened up the glitter. Oh the glitter! He wanted his to look like a real diamond.

In the end we ended up with three completely different creations. I'm going to frame them as they will make a great edition to the walls of our craft room. You could also mosaic boxes and jars. My son thought they might make a good present for Daddy's birthday that is just around the corner. Our creations...


  1. How fantastic!! My eldest daughter is ALWAYS collecting rocks. I find them everywhere in our house. Might have to give this a go!!

  2. This is a good idea. Our house is overflowing with rocks. My husband thought it would be a good idea to get a rock polisher - we haven't - and I thought this might be my nightmare. More freaking rocks. But a mosaic! That's a good idea to contain some of them!

  3. What a fun project! Love how different they all turned out. My daughter collects a ton of rocks as well. I'll have to see if she can spare a few for something like this. :)

  4. i love this! your kids are so must be genetic

  5. Your post really spoke to me.
    This is definitely one we will be trying as my girls are obsessive rock collectors! I am so happy to read I am not the only one who finds them in the tumble dryer....

  6. What a fun idea! We just read two great rock books in preschool last week that tie in perfectly with this theme: "Everybody Needs A Rock," by Byrd Baylor, and Eyelike Nature's "Stones." We also did a stone color sorting activity. Kidlets just lovelovelove rocks!

  7. What a wonderful idea, we always have rocks appearing in the house, both from Little Bean and myself! I can't resist the variety of shapes, colours and textures. I can't wait to try this activity, thank you.

  8. awesome job. my kids will love this project.