Kids will LOVE this tutorial on How to Make Kindness Rocks. Because. Kindness rocks. This is a great activity to inspire kids to think of kindness, compassion, and community. It is inspired by the movie Ferdinand which is out on DVD now. Here’s How to Make Kindness Rocks…
How to Make Kindness Rocks
Kindness Rocks is an activity where you and your kids paint rocks with kind, inspirational messages and scatter them around your community. They can be left on trails, in school yards, in parks, on neighbours’ steps, in playgrounds — anywhere you think someone could use a little kindness.
Note: I did this activity with my 14 and 7 year old. And guess what?! They both were totally engaged with it! It’s not often that younger and older kids have one activity they can enjoy together. So take note/bookmark/pin this kindness rocks activity. It’s a winner!
You will need:
- flat rocks (look for them at the beach, in playgrounds, forest, even the craft store)
- Permanent markers
- Acrylic paint + mod podge (paint will wash away after a rainfall so you need to seal the rocks should you opt to paint them)
- Brainstorm inspirational messages with your kids. You could say them aloud, write them as a list, or draw them as a spider web. THINK: be kind, be happy, smile, be a friend, encourage others, do your best, make good choices…
- Have the kids write the inspirational messages – one per rock. I find the permanent marker is the best for writing the messages.
- Decorate the rocks around the messages. Flowers, starts, fireworks. Whatever you choose. Again, if you opt to use paint as a decoration, you will have to seal it with something like mod podge in order for it to maintain its decor after rain.
- Put the finished rocks into a bucket or bag and distribute them in your community. Maybe you discover new areas of your neighbourhood. Maybe you visit your tried and true places. Either way…you leave the rocks in a place where you (or your kids) feel they would be appreciated as an anonymous token of kindness.
Note: Finding rocks and placing rocks should be a whole-family activity. You shouldn’t direct kids to go to areas alone.
What I like about this activity is that it inspires kids to be proactive with creativity and kindness. It makes them empathize with the world around them. It makes them let others know they are appreciated and included.
My activity for kindness rocks is inspired by the movie Ferdinand. Why? Because of its themes of kindness, belonging, friendship, and being yourself. And the movie itself is dynamic, entertaining, and fun for the whole family. Bonus points for a great soundtrack (Nick Jonas, PitBull, Juanes).
Inspire kindness with Ferdinand (available on DVD, Ultra HD, and Blu-ray). Ferdinand is a giant bull with a big heart. After being mistaken as a fierce bull and taken from his home, he teams up with a team of friends for an epic adventure to return home. Ferdinand is based on the classic children’s book The Story of Ferdinand.
We have already done one round of kindness rocks and I’m already planning our next batch. Reading the Ferdinand book, watching the movie, making kindness rocks, and them distributing them in our community…it is such a GOOD way to spend an afternoon. A good family afternoon which spreads GOOD in the world.
Disclosure: This post is in partnership with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Opinions and activity directions are my own.