today N and i finally did something i’ve wanted to do with her for a long time – we painted pet rocks! this was a favorite activity of mine when i was little.
first, we found a bunch of smooth rocks outside and also in a collection i had in a jar from various rivers and travels.
then N used our acrylic paints to apply solid colors on each rock as backgrounds for the animals-to-be. sometimes she glopped too much paint on, so i smoothed some of the rocks out so they’d dry sometime this year. (i also had to take a hairdryer to each so that we’d be able to put the details on them today.) after the backgrounds were dry, N decided which animals she wanted them to be.
i helped with the details of the shape, and she did polka dots, scales, eyes, and mouths on each. (while N can draw some great human faces, she’s not really that adept at drawing different animals just yet.) we had fun doing this together.
now she has a whole pet rock family to play with. i’m thinking we’ll make a habitat for them next.
and while N worked on her new pets, i couldn’t help myself to make pet rocks inspired by our own pet cats…