It’s the perfect time of year for rock projects! When was the last time you made your own pet rock? Or collected river rocks to paint? This is an awesome collection of rock crafts, activities, and science for kids that includes making beautiful garden stones and rock play.
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20+ Amazing Rock Projects to Do with Kids
Rocks are all around us… Just begging to be picked up, played with, and learned from! First up are some rock crafts, then rock play activities, and rock science. Just don’t steal them from your neighbor’s yard ;)
Rocks are an amazing arts and crafts supply. They are one of our favorites because you can find them everywhere!
Pour Painted Rock Garden Markers || Left Brain Craft Brain – These rocks are so fun to make and really look great in any garden. They make a great gift, too!
They’re a sneak peek into the STEAM Explorers Garden Ebook. The kids will love creating art for the garden, exploring the magic of vegetables (really!), and capturing critters in their garden journal! You’ll love the helpful standards-based learning, printables, and tools that make STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, & math) exploration easy!
Earth Melted Crayon Rocks for Kids || Left Brain Craft Brain – We have created some really amazing rock projects in the past, but this is one of my favorites!
How to Make Story Stones || A Crafty Living – These planet-themed story stones and galaxy play dough are so easy to make and even more fun to play with.
Puffy Painted Rocks || Babble Dabble Do – This is your next go-to craft project! It’s a simple setup and makes beautifully painted rocks.
A Garden Treasure Hunt with Painted Rocks || One Perfect Day – Create your own treasure hunt with painted rocks!
Make Your Own “Rock” Band || Fantastic Fun and Learning – Give your kids a chance to make their own rock band. They are going to love it!
Pet Rocks || Living Well Mom – I’m a sucker for DIY projects. Pet rocks have been one of my favorite things to create since I was a kid!
We will rock you…with googly eyes! | Little Moments to Embrace– This is adorable! Put a fun twist on your next pet rock.
Earth Day for Kids – Stone Painting || Twitchetts– Make earth day for your kids more exciting and knowledgeable by allowing them to paint rocks and learn about the texture of the earth.
Chalk Rocks || Babble Dabble Do – Your kids are going to love this one. Make your own chalk rocks!
Add a little play to your rock game with these fun rock activities.
Buildable Rock Slime || Left Brain Craft Brain – Your kids are going to LOVE this DIY rock project! Grab a couple of your favorite trucks and have fun exploring. Check it out in action here.
The Rock Collection || Inspiration Laboratories – Kids love collecting rocks! Give them a fun way to explore their new rock collection.
Letter Stones || Buggy & Buddy – Have you tried making letter stones? It’s the perfect learning activity!
Rock Memory Game || Spell Outloud – Make a fun rock memory game next time you’re hanging out outdoors.
Play Dough Petroglyphs || Left Brain Craft Brain – Try adding a little history to your next creative, hands-on lesson.
Stone Craft: Build Towers || Inspiration Laboratories– Building towers are one common activity that kids love to do with their collection of rocks.
Rock Balancing Activity || Rhythms of Play – Wow! This will be one of your go-to rock projects. It’s a great DIY rock project your kids can create independently!
It’s so important that kids learn the science of the rocks they see every day. Here are some fun ways to do it.
Make a Chocolate Rock Cycle with Chocolate Rocks || Left Brain Craft Brain… Learn about the different types of rocks with this delicious activity. Plus we whipped up a rock cycle diagram for you that includes a fill-in-the-blank version for kids to do at school or home. Want a printable version of this rock cycle diagram? Simply fill out the form below and we’ll email it to you!
ROCK CYCLE DIAGRAM
Rock Demo Science Fun for Kids || Fantastic Fun and Learning – Make learning about rocks and their properties fun!
Rock Testing Experiment || KC Edventures – Have you tried testing rocks with your kids? This is a great article to get started!
How to Make a Rock with Kids || Fantastic Fun and Learning– Unleash the creative side of your kid by making your own rocks.
Constellation Art With Rocks and Sidewalk Chalk || Creekside Learning– Help introduce your kids to constellations with rock art and sidewalk chalk.
Sorting and Classifying Rocks: Geology for Kids || Rhythms of Play– Your kids are going to love learning variations of rocks while they sort!
Lava Toffee || STEAM Powered Family – This is a delicious way to learn about igneous rocks!
Rocks are a great thing to study for Earth Day. Check out these other Earth Day Science Projects for Kids!
More Hands-on Fun for Kids
Looking for some more STEAM inspiration that you can use right now? Instant gratification style? Check out STEAM Explorers!! The coolest creative experience for kids is here! It's a digital book of the month club filled with tons of fun stuff for the kids to do and learn. All engineer, teacher, and mom-approved. And most definitely KID APPROVED!
- A monthly digital magazine with cool themes that are fun to read
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- Delicious recipes the kids can make.
- Fun printables and games
Get ready to have fun with hands-on STEAM that’s a feast for all your senses! The kids will love trying food that tickles their taste buds, making art with texture, fooling their eyes with optical illusions, sewing soft stuffies that glow, and so much more!
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- WEEK 2: SMELL STEAM
- WEEK 3: FEEL STEAM
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