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Share a smile, one stone at a time...
This one's a great rainy day activity (well, at least the first part) and it can teach little ones about ideas like sharing, comforting others, optimism and bringing cheer to our communities. Not to mention, a lil' fine motor and creative expression to start it all off. We had so much fun painting the stones and decorating them. I love projects that include a couple steps, to highlight the importance of follow through and commitment. The idea is to make something that can be left for others, or given to others, to cheer them up. Something they may want to pass along to others, to keep the good vibes going.
I feel like small gestures and acts of random niceness can maybe help now and then. I should say, this wasn't my idea. I read it on a blog post somewhere a while ago, then recently I walked into a local store and saw a collection of decorated stones outside with a note that said "share a smile, one stone at a time". So I thought to myself- "Hey, I never did that thing with the rocks". And here we are! And here's what you'll need:
Stones, collected or you can grab a bag from the dollar store
Paint, tempera or acrylic
Paper towels, newspaper
Foam stickers and other decos
We started by painting the stones, both sides, using tempera paint. It stuck pretty well to the stones we picked, the smoother stones needed a few coats. We loved mixing the colors to create the pinks and purples and light blues that we didn't have from the bottle, and we found that lighter colors worked better than darker colors. You want someone to be able to see the stones, on the ground, possibly among grass or foliage. Then we let them dry.
We got a little fancy right away and adorned them with little buds and blooms. Just let the first layer dry for 5-7 min then you can paint on top of it. Of course she asked for a rainbow....then she hijacked the one with the heart because "I made it for her because I love her so much". True story.
A few days later, we decorated them with peel-n-stick foam stickers. Stars, flowers, animals, whatever inspired us. I like these because they can be used semi-independently. While we decorated, we brainstormed about their final destinations. A fairy garden? Outside of the library by a bench for some patrons to see? I suggested leaving them at the playground for other girls and boys to find. She liked the idea, but wasn't thrilled...
Soon after that, we were heading to Grandma's house, when I asked her if she wanted to hide the fairy stones for Grandma to find! She loved, loved, loved the idea of kinda playing a trick on Grandma. I put them in a little box, she loves anything that's in a little box (who doesn't?). When we arrived at Grandma's house, we talked about what Grandma does everyday, and where we should put the Fairy Stones, so that Grandma will see them. We started at the front door, and traced her path, placing the stones anywhere we could along the way. The hardest part was convincing her not to tell Grandma what the little fairies had been up to! And Grandma was delighted to find them.
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