The best thing about this simple preschool project is collecting the rocks! The second best thing is getting to paint them. Kids don’t even realize that they are learning that there are 26 letters in the alphabet as it just kind of happens when you are outside on a beautiful day, toting around a little basket to collect rocks to paint. Captain collected, counted and sorted rocks outdoors at a picnic table. (It is helpful to look for smoother, flatter rocks.) As she spread out the rocks and picked her favorites, I gathered the materials.
Lay out newspaper. Make a palette of colors on a white plate, using acrylic paints that include black for the letters themselves. I have small 2 oz bottles of acrylic paints that I purchased from Michael’s Crafts for about 99 cents. Have an assortment of brushes available and a small glass of warm water and a rag for rinsing the brushes in between colors. We found that painting all of the rocks with fun colors first, letting them dry, and then painting on the letters works best. You will want the kids to wear a paint smock or an old, stained tee shirt as the acrylics don’t wash out. Kids should be old enough not to put the brushes or paint into their mouths. If they are still learning the alphabet and need some help, you can write the letters on the rocks with a pencil and let them paint over the top.
We did this project on a sunny day and they dried quickly and turned out really cute! If you would like to share photos of your own Alphabet Rocks! project with us, we would love to see it!
I remembered doing this project when I was a kid when I saw it listed on education.com. Thanks for the memories!
Good Thoughts, Karen