1. Do yourself a huge favor and run to the hobby store for rocks. $1 for a bag of polished stones, perfectly sized for this project. The nature walk to gather stones was the lamest thing I have come up with in awhile.
2. I decided to use patterned paper instead of paint for the stones. I have a messy 6 year old and a 3 year old who could give a hoot about flinging paint around the house. Paper seemed like the responsible choice if no one wanted to witness me freaking out during “fun” time.
3. Modge Podge Glue. Dries clear. Costs $10 BUT Micheal’s Craft Store now accepts electronic coupons from your phone. While I was waiting in line, I got on their website and found the 50% off coupon. BAM! I do love me some technology.
Lay the rocks out in order so you know what sizes to create your letters. Round stones were perfect for the O, Q, etc. and longer, skinnier ones were good for the L, S, etc. Perhaps I over-thought this. Keep it to yourself, please.
Lay your paper backwards, trace a rock (so you can maximized your letter size), and write your letter BACKWARDS. Cut out. Glue to your rock. I slapped it on there as my children could care less by this point and, let’s face it, this was all for my own pleasure. More glue!
I know, so technical that without pictures, there is no way to figure this out. You can thank me later.
I asked Caeden what he thought about this project. This was his response. Now, if I let him take these in the backyard and throw them in his dump truck … well, TOTALLY different story.
Tried using some glazed gel pens to dress up the edges, but they don’t work. Have to use paint pens if you’re the trusting type with your kids.
Today we’re making up a story, and Caeden is directing what pictures to go with it. I’ll cut them out and glue to rocks as well. That way we have story pieces to play with, too. (Think: Houses, Trucks, Trees, Garbage Cans, etc. for him. Claire will get cupcakes, tea cups, flowers, etc.)