Earth Day was last weekend so I wanted to make a nature-inspired Bible story craft with my daughter. Painted rocks with a Creation story theme were a no-brainer craft choice, and they turned out even better than I could have imagined.
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Painted Rocks For Earth Day
Painted rocks became a trend again last summer and I think they are so cool. Painting can be so therapeutic and working with natural materials seems to make the craft so peaceful. I know that sounds new-age-ish, but try it and you’ll see what I mean! On one recent (hourly) daily Pinterest check-in I saw that Christian bloggers had joined in on the trend and I looked forward to a chance to make some of our own.
Meet My Mom-In-Law
When I see a Bible craft that looks interesting I show it to my mom-in-law to see if she can put her own signature on it. She is the kind of artist who likes the freedom to do her own thing (translation: she doesn’t like to be told what to do) and that makes her art and crafts even more special because she always adds a unique element I never would have thought of. So when I decided that I wanted to do story rocks for Earth Day, one for each of the 6 days of Creation, I asked my mom-in-law to help and told myself to “back off” and let her do what she does best. Let me tell you… She killed it! (In a good way.)
I came home to find Nana (mom-in-law) and Zay (my daughter) working together on the rocks one day. I love how they love each other and how my baby girl is learning so much from her Nana all the time. It is one of the many perks of having her live with us. I’m blessed that I have an amazing relationship with my hubby’s side of the family — I know that’s not common.
Painted Rocks With A Twist!
What I didn’t expect was for each of the painted rocks to have a mini collage on top of it! I said, “This is brilliant!” I never would have thought of that. My mom-in-law had improvised because she didn’t like the way the painted looked — which I’m sure is because she can be overly critical of her own work even though she has absolutely no reason to be! Here’s what you need to make your own collage rocks.
- Smooth rocks or stones
- Acrylic Paint as a base layer for the collage pictures
- Old magazines
- Elmer’s glue
- A pair of scissors
- Other accessories
Start with rocks that have been washed and dried. I had my husband find the rocks for me right outside in our yard because I had a crazy busy week, but this is something that you could have your kids help you with. You could also turn the rock hunt into a nature walk, admiring God’s creation. You could even turn it into a prayer walk to express your gratitude to our Creator. There is so much to be thankful for — God keeps the Earth revolving around the sun exactly the way it’s supposed to, we can see the moon during the day and at night, and He created trees for fruit and the animals we love so much.
Determine what you want to have on each rock to represent the six days of creation. That will help you to know what paint colors and magazine pictures to have on hand. My mom-in-law envisioned black and metallic silver for separating the light form the darkness on the Day 1 Creation Rock. She painted the Day 4 rock blue before pasting on a picture of land and sea and she cut out fish for Day 5. There is really no wrong way to design these – do the best you can with what you have.
My daughter loved this craft — especially the satisfaction of peeling dried glue off of her fingers. Who doesn’t love that?!
And because we own so many children’s Bibles, it was easy to turn our craft into Bible study time. I found that the best Bible for this activity is *The Play-Along Bible. They have a story play for each day of creation and that made our study all the more interactive and kept my toddler’s attention captive for a miraculous amount of time!
Your Turn: Does your family like to spend time in nature, God’s creation? Will you be making this fun craft? ⭐
Hey sis! I’m Imani, the Young Moms’ Advocate and Legacy Activator, who is here to help your family prosper. Also, I’m probably dancing to Michael Jackson right now.