Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Painted Rocks

The Very Hungry Caterpillar activity for kids - painted rocks

Jake and I spend a lot of time at the beach each week collecting rocks. If you follow us on Instagram you'll see that we have a favorite spot, tower 22. 

Just beyond the tower there's an endless supply of rocks. Even as an adult I love the excitement of filling our buckets with these perfect treasures of all shapes, sizes, textures and colors.  

The best part about collecting rocks is how amazing they are as a canvas. You can turn them into just about anything, even a very hungry caterpillar.

On the back you can paint everything that hungry caterpillar ate! You can even paint your rocks to look like a big tasty leaf or a beautiful butterfly. With just a little paint, you now have enchanting little rocks and a fun way to play as you and your child read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle.

Here are some great tips for painting rocks to get you started:

Looking for more fun rock crafts and activities? You might also enjoy these other Thrive 360 Living rock posts:

-Garden tic-tac-toe

-Painted number rocks

-Heat embossed alphabet rocks

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  1. I absolutely love all of your painted rocks. I've pinned this and many other projects of yours. Now to like you on Facebook (if you have a page).

  2. I pin all your rocks to a folder in Pinterest called "Amazing" for a reason... :)

  3. Oh how I would love to have access to an endless supply of such pretty rocks!

  4. Oh my gosh this is fabulous! Just beautiful. Luv Luv!

  5. Beautiful and a wonderful story aid.

  6. These are gorgeous! Just think how fun these would be to retell a story or create with. You've inspired me!

  7. OH MY GOODNESS. You are so talented. Do you get sick of hearing that? I am amazed and impressed. These are GORGEOUS. I am totally in love with this project. You omitted the you need to be able to draw as one of your tips :). I would love to make these. Pinning!!!

  8. that is so clever and so cool!!!!

  9. This is adorable!! My girls love that book and my older is obsessed with rocks.

    Found you via the Imagination Tree share.

  10. well it looks like we will be adding this idea to our summer bucket list and heading to under the pier in Ventura... lots of rocks! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE what you have done!

  11. I can't tell you how much I love these rocks. Not only are they gorgeous, but they are such a unique prop for retelling this classic tale.

  12. Would you believe that I HAVEN'T read this book yet? Bad parenting, haha. I also haven't read Goodnight Moon or I'll love you forever. HA! Great tips on painting rocks and LOVE the butterfly one. I can see mixing and matching being a fun activity. How do you store the rocks? Just in a bin, separated by activity?

    1. I think I might love this book even more than Jake, but he does like putting his finger in the little holes and counting the food and yelling out what the caterpillar ate. He's not a big fan of Goodnight Moon, but we just got a new book called Goodnight Train and that's much more his speed :-). I've been putting all of our rocks in these muslin bags that I decorate with stamps so I know where to find everything.

  13. I have been marveling over these rocks all week and finally remembered to come and read and comment before I went to bed...these are so, so, so cool! A brilliant idea and beautifully executed. You consistently amaze me with your creativity!

  14. Love these! I'm not sure I'm good enough at painting to make some.... Do you have an Etsy site? I'd love to buy a set to use in OMazing Kids and my work as a SLP.

  15. I love those! They're beautiful! I should get myself organized and try to make something similar for the garden. I can imagine how much my kids would enjoy them!

  16. So creative and they came out beautifully! What a great extension to the book. Just pinned!

  17. Love that you have all of those awesome rocks at your disposal! Another great craft!! We love The Very Hungry Caterpillar at my house!! Just posted on Craft Gossip!! Keep creating girl, you are good at it!

  18. Oh WOW! These are fabulous! :) I think these will be rainy day activity for tomorrow! :) THanks for the inspriation! :)

  19. Just painted a set of these! Nowhere near as amazing as yours but I'm so happy with them! Thanks sooo much for this fabulous idea!! You're very talented!

    1. Yay! Not sure if you'll see this reply because my comment system wasn't set up on this post, but would love to see them! You should post them to my facebook page!

  20. I love your painted rocks! Especially the caterpillar. I'm writing a post about The Very Hungry Caterpillar on my blog:, and would love to post a picture of your painted rocks with a link back to your website so reader's can check it out!

  21. you have a fantastic "painting hand" - little artworks they are !

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