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How To Make 100 Rainbow Rocks for Your Classroom – Art Tutorial + Read-Aloud

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Create 100 Rainbow Rocks for Your Classroom or homeschool with rocks from your backyard, acrylic paint and mod podge that your kids will love!

We have been painting up a rainbow storm this weekend with rocks the kids gathered from the yard. They made it into a fun activity and worked together to gather the rocks for the project. I was hoping to create a beautiful counting set for the kids, to add some color to their math lessons.

searching for rocks

This project will be a fun addition to what we use naturally to learn math in our homeschool, which we will be sharing more about next week.

Let’s get started!

Watch Our YouTube Tutorial:

100 Rainbow Rocks ~ Art Project

Supplies Needed:

  1. 100 rocks
  2. white acrylic paint
  3. rainbow colored paints: red, yellow, pink, green, purple, orange (or peach) and blue, we also added black, white, and teal.
  4. mod podge
  5. paintbrushes + water containers
  6. damp rag
  7. wax paper or parchment paper (we started with newspaper, but it isn’t the best)

Method for painting your 100 Rainbow Rocks for your classroom:

Painting Rainbow Rocks

Wash your rocks, so they are clean and dust free, then apply 2-3 coats of white paint to all of your rocks, and let dry.

100 Rainbow Rocks for Counting

Paint each set of 10 rocks, a different color, and let dry. 2-3 coats.

100 Rainbow Rocks for Counting

Paint 2-3 coats of mod podge to seal and protect each rock, and let dry completely. This can take 3-4 days for your rocks to stop being a little tacky to the touch, and each other, depending on your climate and humidity in your home. More coats of mod podge, the better as you will be storing your rocks together in either a bin, bowl, or basket when not in use.

100 Rainbow Rocks for Counting

Then, set up for your kids to count, play with, sort, and create for endless hours of fun! We included our favorite large 100 chart printable from TpT, a colorful abacus, and our favorite rainbow themed books.

The Products that bring this project together:

 

Watch our Read-Aloud of Rainbow Brite with Our 100 Rainbow Rocks:

 

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Thanks for reading today!

Have fun with scissors and glue, and counting rainbow rocks too,

Alexandra

 

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10 Comments

  1. This looks like so much fun (and relaxing too – painting has always been relaxing for me). If you want, please join us on our Virtual Refrigerator Art link up – this would be a fun art post to share!

    1. Alexandra Derry says:

      Thank you so much, yes it was really relaxing and enjoyable to do! I’d love to join in with your link up!

  2. I love this. I am a home school parent. For the last 10 years…always looking for creative projects to do We live at the beach, therefore we color our seashells Thanks for sharing!

    1. Alexandra Derry says:

      Your welcome, and thank you 😊 that sounds wonderful, to go to the beach and find seashells to color. We have also done that too, but now I’m getting some really fun ideas 💡 for another project 🐚 🙏

  3. Cool creative ideas. Thanx for sharing.

    1. Alexandra Derry says:

      Your welcome, thanks for stopping by!

  4. I love these! I feel like these would be great for color sorting with my toddler and preschooler!

    1. Alexandra Derry says:

      Oh yes, they are really great for color sorting activities as well as counting to 100:)

  5. I love this! What a great way to make math fun. I love how you included the kids from the very beginning by having them collect the rocks. I’m sure this gets them excited to use them!

    -Jennifer
    https://maunelegacy.com

    1. Alexandra Derry says:

      Thank you, they were so eager to help search for rocks, and helped me with a lot of the painting too, it lasted a few days and they couldn’t wait to play with them! ❤️

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