The following is a post from contributing writer Lana (like banana).
Have your kids cried the dreaded “I’m bored” this summer?
I may have a solution…at least for a short hour.
Finding activities that promote learning as well as having fun and using materials that I have on hand are my absolute favorite!
Thus the idea: Rock Tic-Tac-Toe Paint Party…
How to Make a Tic Tac Toe Game with Rocks
- Small Rocks (5 for each child)
- Acrylic Craft Paint (Glossy makes dull rocks shine beautifully.)
- Paint Brushes or Cotton Swabs
- Newspaper to protect table
- Foam trays or paint tray
- 4 twigs or sticks
- Have the children go seek their rocks. (This took a while for some of the kids…they wanted the perfect rocks.)
- Let the children wash their rocks using water just to get the dirt off.
- Dry the rocks with a napkin or paper towel. They don’t have to be completely dry.
- Have each child pick a different color.Then have an adult or responsible child pour the paint for them about the size of quarter on their individual plate.
- Let the child paint away on their rocks. (Some will take a long time – some will be done in one minute. Make sure they don’t miss spots.)
It also gives the opportunity to develop hand-eye coordination for those who are learning to write.
- When all the rocks are finished, let them dry. Some rocks are more porous and will dry quickly, others take longer. Use the time for a little cake, or snack, or even a nap.
- When completely dry, have a Tic-Tac-Toe tournament. Use the twigs or sticks to form the tic tac toe lines or draw them with sidewalk chalk.
- Have a painting Rock day. After they dry, deliver to a Children’s Hospital for a special gift for someone who is ill.
- Makes a fun gift for your Pastor. Attach a card saying “Jesus is your Rock.”
- Find other names for Tic-Tac-Toe.
- Have an impromptu Bible lesson on Rocks – talk about Ebenezer or Petra as your focus.
For more ways to help with kids saying the awful “B” word, please go see my list of 77 Boredom Busters.