For this week's Nature Makes Monday, you will need to hunt for some rocks! Rocks are great for decorating in all kinds of ways as they have interesting, irregular shapes and varied textures. If your little ones are getting a bit bored of flat, white paper, they make a fun alternative for drawing, painting, adding stickers etc.
This activity is a little different though. First of all you will need to stick your rocks into a hot oven to warm up for a few minutes. Remove using oven gloves and leave to cool until they are a safe temperature to handle. Then, use wax crayons to draw on the rocks. The warmth of the stone will make the wax melt, resulting in lovely, sliding patterns across the rocks.
Be very careful when taking the rocks out of the oven and do not give to children until they are a safe temperature to handle.
Ava and I used rocks that we had previously drawn on using chalk pens because there are only so many decorated rocks you want in the house! Larger rocks are great for little fingers but older children could work with something much smaller. Ava was fascinated with the process of melting the wax onto her rocks and spent a good fifteen minutes on this activity. Obviously this one needs careful supervision but I was able to sit back and watch Ava independently create her little rock artworks.
PLEASE BE CAREFUL WHEN PICKING AND HANDLING UNKNOWN NATURAL MATERIALS. SUPERVISE CHILDREN TO ENSURE NOTHING IS EATEN AND WASH YOUR HANDS WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED.
If you have a go at this activity with your little ones then do share over on Instagram using#NatureMakesMondays.