Painting rocks is still a massively popular activity and these summer themed rock painting ideas for kids (or grown ups!) are a great way to keep you all busy during the school holidays with a bit of creative fun. These rock painting tutorials are perfect if you like hiding rocks or some of them can be used as story stones too.

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Rock Painting Ideas for Kids: Materials

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I’ve painted rocks quite a few times with my kids and although lots of people recommend Sharpies or acrylic paints my personal favourites right now are Posca pens as they’re a lot easier to clean off my kids than permanent markers and both my kids are more used to drawing than they are to painting – go with whatever suits you and your kids best though!  If you are going to hide your painted rocks you’ll want to seal them first so that they’re not damaged by the weather – we use this spray (and obviously I keep the kids well out of the way when I’m using it).

Rock Painting Ideas for Kids: Summer Themed

All of the summer themed rock painting ideas for kids that I’m sharing today appear in the same order as they do in the two collages below, although as you will see there are more ideas than I’ve managed to include in the collages, I can assure you that they are all gorgeous though!

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Want more ideas for fun summer activities for kids? Make sure you check out the inspiration at the end of this post.

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These camping themed painted rocks from Crafts on Sea make great story stones for encouraging creative writing too.

Easy Peasy and Fun’s bee rocks are super pretty and easy for kids to paint too.

These ladybird rocks would be fun to hide in woodlands or parks

I love the googly eyes on these painted cactus rocks from The Best Ideas for Kids

Sea story stones from Crafts on Sea

Brighten up your garden or local area with these painted rocks fairy doors from Adventure in a Box

Kids Craft Room uses shake painting to make these fun snail rocks

rock painting ideas for kids easy tutorials for summer

If you fancy a change from the normal pens then these mixed media flower rocks from The Craft Train look great, they’d make lovely paperweights too.

These butterfly number stones are super pretty and they’re educational too.

I’m more than a little bit in love with these painted rock fairy houses from Rhythms of Play

These painted rock garden markers are a great idea if you’re growing fruit or vegetables this year

Rock turtle from Easy Peasy and Fun

These painted vegetables and fruit rocks would be fun to hide by an allotment

Not so much one for hiding but these painted rock photo holders from Buggy and Buddy would be a fun project and you could pop a photo of one of your summer adventures in there

These garden rocks are super pretty

I love this sweet bird painted rock from Buggy and Buddy

More Summer Activities for Kids:

We love this super pretty frozen flowers ice activity that’s perfect for outdoor sensory play


I think watermelons might be the most summery of all fruits? This watermelon craft is simple, cheap and fun to make.

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These seahorse crafts are super sweet and perfect if you’re looking at ocean or sea crafts for kids.

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rock painting ideas for summer kids inspiration