DIY Under 5 – Make & Adopt a Pet {Rock}

BusyBeeKate-DIYUnder5LogoI have another kids craft to share with you for the second project of the week.  I knew we were expecting a lot of rain yesterday so my daughter and I ventured out on Wednesday to collect some rocks in our backyard.  We pretended she was Dora and I was Swiper (see Wednesdays post about her Dora the Explorer obsession,) and we had such a fun time exploring.

I’ve seen many versions of pet rocks online and these were inspired by a Parents Magazine article.  I liked that they were done using paper vs. paint as my daughter is still a bit young to be trusted around paints just yet.

 The supplies you’ll need for this project are:

– Rocks (you’ll want to try to collect smooth, flatter rocks)
– Cardstock weight paper 
– Scissors
– Glue
– Black Marker

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The first step is to decide what time of animal that you want to create.  We made a couple turtles, a ladybug, a butterfly, and a bee.  The rock we choose for the bee wasn’t the perfect fit but my daughter didn’t mind (and neither did her Pop-Pop who we gave it to.)

Here are the step by step instructions for making a turtle:

Choose green paper, place the rock on top of the paper, and trace the rock.  Add legs, a head, and a tail, (this can change depending on what type of animal you are making.)

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Next cut out the shape.  

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Apply glue onto the cut-out and place the rock on top.  

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Draw a shell top for the turtle (not shown) using the same green paper and cut-out.  Then using a lighter color paper make an additional shell layer. 

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Glue the smaller paper on top of the larger piece then glue on top of the rock.

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Add two eyes using the black markerā€¦ and you’ve got a turtle!

We made two turtles – and gave the larger one to my husband for a paper weight for his desk which he adored, and although my daughter didn’t do much of the work she so proud of it šŸ™‚  

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We had a lot of fun making these and I wanted to keep going, but my daughter is still learning patience so we stopped with this bunch.  As mentioned above the bee looks a bit like a man wearing a hat, and we gave this one to her Pop-Pop who loved it.  I thought a crab and fish would be fun to add into the mix, so they may be our next pet rocks we make!

What a fun and inexpensive project to do with the kids on a rainy day.  Your child can now make and adopt their own pet {rocks!} 

Love, Kate

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