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


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.)


Next cut out the shape.  


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


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. 


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


Add two eyes using the black marker… 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 🙂  


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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