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Instead of painting eggs for Easter this year, we invite you to embrace the rock-painting trend. As we go to print, our schools have closed early for the holidays and a shutdown of non-essential gatherings has been put in place in a bid to put the brakes on the spread of COVID-19. So here’s a family favourite craft activity that’s guaranteed to keep the kids busy while you use what’s in and around the house and begin the Easter festivities. 

To make your painted rock Easter eggs, we start with gathering rocks from outside. You could even turn the task into a treasure hunt in the garden to make this activity twice as much fun. 

Second, set up your work station complete with paint or crayons, brushes, a drop cloth, art smock, sponges or a wet rag for cleaning up spills. If the masterpieces will be living outside for all to see, make sure the paint is waterproof, and perhaps a base coat might be handy too. 

Third, get your creative juices flowing. This is when the fun begins. Ideas for the designs could include polka dots, stripes, or zig-zags. Why not embrace your sporty side and decorate your rock in your favourite sports team’s colours? For the older children or the adults participating, you could try your hand at an adorable Easter bunny, the classic fluffy yellow baby chicken, flowers, animals, sunsets, butterflies, or a seascape. If you’ve hit the jackpot and the kids just can’t get enough, introduce optical illusions, Zendangle designs, or even a mandala. 

While your masterpieces are still wet, you could top them with glitter or sequins, or use puffy paint to create a 3D effect. Stickers can also make for some endless fun, or take it up a notch and get nine rocks and a board and make your own noughts and crosses board game that can live outside. Now you’ve got homemade decorations at the ready, pop them on the table for Easter brunch among some shredded green paper in a basket. 

The rocks will also brighten up any playroom, and the inexpensive activity could become a requested craft activity. The possibilities are endless. What about a unicorn-themed rock complete with mini fake flowers or diamantes glued on? With Mother’s Day around the corner as well, you may be receiving a few lovingly made rocks – it’s the thought that counts, after all. 

So let’s get ready to rock the kids’ socks off!

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