This is a project kids love to do - make rock critters for the garden or for indoor plants. For indoor plants, select some rocks (or gravel) of round or oblong shapes. Then the kids paint them, and add eyes and features. An oblong rock could be painted green to look like a grasshopper, or a round one red with black dots to be a lady bug.
For an outdoor garden, simply pick larger rocks. The round paving stones make great lady bugs. You paint it all red, then add a black triangle against the edge for the head. Paint a black line from the end of the triangle to the opposite side of the paver. That defines the 2 wings. Then paint the black dots on.
This is a great time of the year, while the kids are snowed in, to make some projects all ready to go when you plant your garden. Best of all, it is very cheap to make. It is also a good way to use up small bits of left over paint, just be sure it is all lead free!
Source: We have done this in our VBS, 4H, and Scout troops for years.
By mom-from-missouri from NW MO
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