Making Pet Rocks

Recently, we made Pet Rocks. They are pretty easy to make and provide hours of entertainment for your children.
Before you begin, find a small rock for your child. I suggest sanding it to make it smooth and primer it with white paint to make it easier for your child to decorate. Using washable paints, let your child decorate the rock and then give it some eyes with some adhesive googly eyes that you can find at a craft store. Let it dry.
While the rock is drying, you can make a habitat for your pet rock. I suggest a small shoebox or a paper towel tube. We used cardstock to decorate and let the kids color the card stock and decorate it with glitter glue. (We go through a lot of glitter glue at the shop.) When finished, glue the cardstock to the cardboard and let dry.
When all is dry, your child can play with the rock, maybe even make furniture for the pet rock’s home. The whole point of this craft is to encourage imaginative play.
I hope you have fun making this craft, and if you would like to share pictures of your experience, I would love to see them. Here are some from ours:

decorating rocks

one mostly finished Pet Rock

decorating the Pet Rock’s new home



  1. Bernadette Grbic (@Momto2PoshDivas)
    September 4, 2011 at 11:50 am

    pet rocka are awesome – we made ladybugs a few months back and my girls loved it!
    Thanks for sharing on the Sunday Showcase. Looking forward to seeing what you have to share this week.

    • bearhaven
      September 5, 2011 at 6:47 pm

      Thank you for hosting! I love seeing everyone’s craft ideas! As for the pet rocks, I think this is one of my kids’s favorites. They have been playing with them, named them, and built a city for them the other day!

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