This simple and easy summer craft for kids is a fun way to spend some quiet downtime this summer. Our Garden Critters are the perfect whimsical addition to your herb pots, your tomato plants, your flowerbeds, or even just your favorite bookshelf or windowsill!
This summer, one of the aspects that my boys seem to miss most about their mornings at preschool is the wide variety of arts and crafts that their teachers offered them on a daily basis. We have spent a lot of time coloring and drawing with markers and crayons, but I knew that I needed to get a little bit more creative if I was going to hold their attention during this looooong vacation!
Since we dedicate a lot of our energy and attention to our gardens this season, I thought it would be nice for the boys to create something that would “decorate” our raised beds. So, with a few supplies from the craft store, these little guys were born!
Here’s what you need:
Rocks (any shape and size). We used a bag of smooth, large river rocks that I found in the floral department at the craft store, but you could even make a morning of “hunting” for the perfect rocks outside!
Acrylic paint and paint brushes.
Googly eyes and super glue to make sure that they stick to the painted rocks.
The rest is probably pretty self-explanatory. This is an EASY craft!!
We set up on our picnic table outside so that I didn’t have to worry about messy acrylic paint getting on my kitchen counter or hardwood floors.
Each of the boys grabbed a couple of rocks and painted until they decided that they were finished.
Spence briefly supervised, but was much more interested in his sandbox!!
We left the rocks to dry while we ate lunch, but it didn’t take long before we could use the glue to stick on our critters’ eyes.
Then we found nice, cozy little homes for our new friends. We have one living near the cucumbers…
one in a flower pot near the front porch…
and one near a rosemary plant.
This was a great activity to keep the boys entertained in a quiet, manageable way for a morning. They loved painting the rocks and creating their own individualized critters. Each one is unique and perfectly reflects the artist who created it!
Looking for other summer activities to entertain your little ones? Here are some of our favorites: