Pinterest. I love browsing through Pinterest. You can type in just about anything in the search box and get tons of ideas from creative people! I love that you can save Pins for later reference. I love that I can send a Pin to a friend to share something I think they would enjoy. And I love seeing things that would never have crossed my mind. Like Rock Painting. Who would have thought? But WOW! I’ve seen some of the most amazing artwork… on rocks!
I created a Pinterest Board for rock painting ideas I want to save for inspiration. You can see Board HERE.
Besides seeing intricate pieces of art on rocks, I also noticed some very simple paintings. Paintings a 3-year-old could do with a little guidance. So I gathered up some rocks, paint brushes, and paint in preparation for my next visit with Owen (grandson, age 3).
While Owen played with his cars, I gleefully set out our painting supplies in anticipation of not only some fun but also some great grandma-grandson bonding over “crafts.” Once everything was on the table and we were ready to go, I asked Owen, who was playing with his cars, if he was ready to paint.
Owen: No, I’m not ready.
Me: When will you be ready?
Owen: Soon…… soon means later.
Hmmm… okay. Owen LOVES cars. How could I drag him away from his cars to paint when he had Lightning McQueen in one hand and Mater in the other.
I waited 10 minutes and then told Owen that “later” was now. So he came to the table. He brought Lightning McQueen with him, but that was okay. We decided to paint a ladybug. I thought that would be easy for him and he would enjoy success. (which would equal pride, which means he might want to do crafts with me again!)
Owen painted the rock black, then I taped off the straight lines, and he painted the red. I put the eyes on, and he finished up with the black dots on the body. Yes, he did scamper off to play with his cars while each paint color dried. But I would still quantify this as a win/win. He squeezed in some “car time,” and I got to “play” crafts with him.
And in the end, we had a super cute ladybug that Owen, was, indeed proud of. And he had fun! I know that because Owen asked me to bring green paint next time I come so we could make some Ninja Turtles. I can’t wait!