Simple Service: Spreading Kindness Through Painted Rocks

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Hi everyone! It’s summer break so for most of us, that means more days spent outside and kids who are constantly looking for activities to entertain them. Today’s project is something that gets kids outside and teaches them to spread kindness in the simplest of settings.

Painted rocks with messages of encouragement or simply pictures that will make someone smile.

To do this project, first you and your kids will need to collect some rocks. My kids love any excuse to collect rocks and I’m sure yours will too! Look for rocks smaller than your first and with at least one relatively smooth side. How many you collect depends entirely on how many rocks you want to paint.

Once you have the rocks, I recommend using acrylic paint so rain doesn’t wash away your paintings. Because this paint is not water proof, I also recommend painting outside so the mess is contained and easier to clean up.

Let the kids paint whatever they’d like on the rocks. You can gently guide them by saying something like “what could you paint that would make someone smile?” Or “what would make you smile if you saw this rock in the park?”

For older kids, they may want to paint a small saying such as “smile!” Or “Be Happy!” Younger kids will probably just paint a drawing or design. There is no wrong way to do this!

Once you finished painting and let the rocks dry completely, take the rocks with you to a local park or nature preserve and let the kids scatter them around. Talk about how exciting it would be to find one of these rocks and how by doing this, you are helping spread kindness to other children who may find their rocks.

Next time you’re at the park, I’m guessing your kids will want to check their hiding places to see if anyone has found their rocks or if they have been moved.

Being kind to one another is something that should be innate in each of us and children are the most eager to bring a smile to someone’s face!


Katelynne is married to her high school sweetheart and is a stay-at-home mom to 4 little ones in Connecticut.  When she is not managing the house or homeschooling her little ones, she provides encouragement and practical ideas for other homemakers and mamas through her blog The Disguised Supermom.  Her passion is supporting these women, lifting them up and giving them tangible ways to ease the stress that comes from each aspect of their lives.