Kids Activities Summer

Coloring Hot Rocks STEAM Activity for Kids

Your kids will love this fun rock activity for kids where kids will color on hot rocks to make fun colors and patterns. This summer activity for kids is perfect for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade and up. Plus, I bet you didn’t realize rock painting for kids could be educational too! This can be used as a Such a fun STEAM project for kids.
Your kids will love this fun rock activity for kids where kids will color on hot rocks to make fun colors and patterns. This summer activity for kids is perfect for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade and up. Plus, I bet you didn't realize rock painting for kids could be educational too! This can be used as a Such a fun STEAM project for kids.

Rock activity for kids

I absolutely love when science meets art like in this STEAM project for kids! In this steam project, children will use science to create beautiful painted rocks project.  I am a creative person by nature and thankfully my daughter has learned that as well. She also loves science, though too. It is so much fun to combine two loves into one fantastic activity. Our latest STEAM Activity is Coloring Hot Rocks. This rock activity for kids was way to fun and perfect for preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, and grade 4 students! We created decorations that can be used in the garden or in a dish on a book shelf. This is not just fun but it creates art masterpieces! You can also create these masterpieces by Coloring On Hot Rocks.
crayons and rocks activities

Rock painting for kids

This might sound crazy but let me tell you it is crazy cool! The heat that gets trapped inside the rock and transfers to the crayon when the crayon is touched to the hot rock. In turn the crayon melts. This means that you can create a beautiful designs on the rocks. As the rocks cool so does the crayon wax and it dries onto the rocks.
Please keep in mind that the rocks are HOT. We used tongs and towels and oven mits to make sure that we didn’t actually touch the rocks. My daughter understood this and didn’t touch the rocks but was still able to create beautiful artwork on them.

Easy rock painting for kids

All you need are a few simple materials to try these rock activities for preschoolers:

Materials Needed
  • Rocks (We used ones with a smooth surface)
  • Crayons, wrappers taken off
  • Pot for boiling water
  • Water
  • Tongs
  • Oven Mits/Hot Pad
  • Tray
Melting Crayon On Rocks

STEAM Project for Kids

We started by putting water on the stove to boil. Once it was boiling we added a few rocks at a time. Since there was two of us, I did 4 rocks at a time in the water. We kept them in the water for about 4 minutes at a time.
While the water was boiling, we set up our working area. We used cookie sheets for working on so that the hot wax didn’t drip on the table.
Using tongs I placed two rocks in front of her and two in front of me. Next is when the creativity begins. Again, please remember these are hot. At this point I added a new set of rocks in the pan.
All you have to do is press the crayon onto the hot rock and it instantly melts the crayon wax, transferring it to the rock. We created heart ones for Valentine’s day, spring themed ones, and ones that were just abstract.
Hot Colored Rocks

STEAM Activity

After a few minutes the rocks would cool down so they were not as hot to the touch and the wax would start drying. After an hour or so the wax would be completely dry and the rocks could be played with or displayed.
We had so much fun doing this project. They all turned out so pretty and so decorated. I love the themes that my daughter chose as well as how mine turned out.
rock crafts for kids

 Summer Activity for Kids

I don’t want to scare you into thinking kids can’t do this project. It is hot, but use your judgement. I explained that rocks were hot and could burn her really bad. She had absolutely no problems not touching the rocks with her hands. Please use your best judgement.

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Summer Fun

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Summer Activities for Kids

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Fun Summer Activities for Kids

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Balloon Craft Ideas

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Deana

Deana Hipwell is a homeschool mom of 3 from North Carolina. She's been The Frugal Homeschooling Mom for the past 8 years since quitting her job as a public school teacher to stay at home and teach her own. She is also the founder of the charitable organization, Homeschool Curriculum Free for Shipping which benefits over 13,000 families nationwide.

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