My 5 year old and his friend helped me make markers for the vegetables in my garden yesterday. The photo above is of our killer tomato but we also made sweet peas, rabid radishes, cool cucumbers, etc.
Earlier, Simon (my 5 year old) and I had gone rock hunting. We went to a junk pile where construction workers dump dirt and rocks after digging foundations for homes. This was a gold mine for little boulders.
Then yesterday we selected the colors for each of the items planted in the garden. Simon and his buddy painted the boulders a solid color. Next, I added some details, with advice from my helpers of course, and finally we attached some googly eyes.
Here’s the supply list:
#1. Rocks (free)
#2. Paint (you can buy paint for $0.88 a bottle at Wal-Mart and you really only need red, yellow, blue, black and white—with those colors you can mix any color under the sun)
#3. Googly Eyes (These are optional but if you want you can buy a pack at the Dollar store)
Here’s the instructions:
#1. Wash and dry the rocks.
#2. Paint them one solid color and let dry.
#3. Add details (leaves, stems, teeth, whatever) with other paint on top.
#4. Hot glue the googly eyes on.
#5. Place in your garden.
It really was a fun project and it livened up the garden. Simon now has big plans for more rock creations for the flower beds. He’s thinking rock monsters…which reminds me of rock lobsters…which makes me laugh and sure that we will be painting more rocks soon.