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Project

Rock Animals

Study the shape and shade of a rock for clues to its inner nature. When you are ready to design, begin by arranging the rocks until the figure looks just right.

Materials

  • White cement glue
  • Stones
  • Non-drying clay
  • Coffee stirrers
  • Paintbrushes

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Glue stones together before painting them, attaching small-stone features, such as eyes or feet, to body parts before joining larger parts (attach tails, if using, after painting). Use cement glue for the strongest bond, but make sure a grown-up applies it in a well-ventilated area. White glues are safer for children to use, but they are less durable and best used for rock animals that will sit on shelves.

  2. Step 2

    While the glue sets, support the animal parts with little cushions of nondrying clay. To make the alligator, cut-up coffee stirrers are glued to the fellow's underside for stability and painted to match the stones.

  3. Step 3

    Before you start painting, sketch out a plan with pencil on paper. When it's time to paint the rocks, both tempera and acrylic paints work well; tempera looks chalkier but any messes wash off easily. Acrylic paint has a glossy finish.

Source
Martha Stewart Kids, Summer 2002

Reviews (7)

  • mamadushenko 14 Mar, 2009

    I use to do this on camping trips with my family and my mother still has a few of mine and my brother's and sister's too.

    There the kinda of Nik-Naks that bring back some fun summer memories.

  • JKMc 14 Mar, 2009

    If you type in rock crafts in the search above, you will see more ideas that they have for rock animals like dogs, frogs, pandas, sharks, etc. Very cute! At school 2 years ago, my son painted a large rock like a ladybug. I love it. I look forward to doing other animals with my kids if we can find the right rocks!

  • momdig 14 Mar, 2009

    I have made rock sculptures that I added Fimo or Sculpey "rocks" to when I couldn't find the right rocks-especially good for things like the tail on the turtle.

  • craftdeeme 14 Mar, 2009

    Aceedesigns, there are books on rock painting. You can find all kinds of pictures in them. I work at a summer camp and we do these cute little animals often. Good luck and happy painting

  • pwilfort 14 Mar, 2009

    Wonderful! My kids and I collect rocks when we go out this is great, thank you Penney

  • aceedesigns 15 Jul, 2008

    Today's section on rock crafts was wonderful. While I understand that each unique rock will speak to me and I will let my creativity guide me, I would like to have pictures as ideas. I found 10 animals in the article on the website. Is there anywhere I can find more pictures?

  • anjne 15 Jul, 2008

    HI
    DURING YOUR SHOW WITH ROCKS TODAY YOU MENTIONED A WEB SITE FOR MAKING JEWELRY (RINGS,PINS ETC.)
    WHAT IS THE EXACT WEBSITE ?