My three year old prefers activities that I make for him rather than doing crafts himself, so I try to not do too many crafts so that he still enjoys doing them on occasion. I thought he might enjoy this craft because it gives him complete freedom to make it however he wants. Turns out, I was right and he really enjoyed making these painted rock snails. I expected him to paint one rock and be done but he actually painted all of the rocks that I had gathered.
How We Made These Snails:
We began this craft by painting the rocks. I gave my son some paints on a paper plate and let him paint the rocks any way he wanted. His way of course was to mix all of the colors together. I love this craft because no matter how you paint it, it still turns out cute. We also used the Fun2 Play craft tray that I talk about all of the time. I talk about it so much because we use it a ton for our messier activities. After my son was done painting, I simply wiped it down with a wet paper towel and the mess was taken care of.
After painting the rocks, we set them out to dry.
While the rocks were drying I cut the snail shape out of cardboard.
Next, I folded the snail shape in half. When I did this I noticed that the patterned side of the cardboard showed and I didn’t like the look of that so I cut out another snail shape and glued the two cardboard snails together with the brown side facing out on both.
Finally, I hot glued the googly eyes onto the snail and used a black sharpie marker to create a mouth.
My sons are having fun changing the rocks onto different cardboard snails. This could easily be turned into a learning activity by painting the rocks and snails different colors and having your child match the colors.
What You Will Need:
Cardboard, rocks, paint, paintbrush, googly eyes, hot glue gun, marker
- Have your child paint the rocks
- Let rocks dry
- Cut snail shapes out of cardboard (If you use something like a cereal box as your cardboard and you don’t want the patterned side to show, cut out two snail shapes for each snail and glue them together with the brown sides facing out).
- Hot glue googly eyes onto the cardboard snail
- Draw a mouth with a marker
- Let your child place different rocks onto the snail to create multiple variations of the snails
Inspired by: noeli_17
Let us know if you make your own painted rock snails!
Oh this is too cute! My daughter today just said that she loves snails! I’ll have to make on of these with her!
What a cute idea! My daughter would love this!
So cute and easy, and I am sure my son will be having fun doing this activity.
Aww these are so cute. Think the eyes made it cuter.
I love this! Such a simple way to spark the imagination.
This is such a fun and cute activity. I bet my daughter will love it.
I hope she does! Thanks!
This is a really cute idea to do with your children.
This is such a cute idea! My daughter loves to paint rocks!
Thank you! Rock painting is always a fun activity.
These snails are the cutest!! Great way to use all the rocks that come home with my kids.
These snails are the cutest craft idea!! Great way to use all the rocks that come home with my kids.
Thank you! My boys definitely bring a lot home.
What a simple and fun activity.
Definitely loved the simplicity of this one.
What a cute craft idea. My kids love painting rocks.I think these would look so cute in a succulent garden!
That is a great idea. That would be cute!
This is adorable! Totally saving this and making it with the kids.
This is adorable! Totally saving this and making it with the kids!!
Thank you! I hope they have fun with it!
My daughter loves to collect rocks. Maybe she’ll like to paint them too.
My boys are big fans of collecting rocks also. Painting them adds a fun twist!
Those look so cute! Both of my kids love picking up rocks and stones, so they’d surely love this activity.
My boys also love to collect rocks!
oh so very cool and cute.. your craftmonsterz are adorable.
Thank you so much