I remember way back when I was in second grade and my teacher used quiet critters in our classroom. I remember sitting there trying so hard to be quiet, just waiting for her to pass by and hoping she would gently place a quiet critter on my desk.
It can be the smallest thing in your classroom that makes a big impact on our students everyday. I decided I wanted to do something similar to these quiet critters but with a different spin on it. With painting rocks such a huge craze right now, I decided to use painted rocks as a classroom incentive.
You only need a few supplies to make these cute rocks.
Paint Pens -these are the ones I use
Rocks – you can find some out on a walk or you can buy a bag of rocks from Home Depot.
Clear coat spray paint
To make the rocks start by washing them and letting them dry thoroughly to make sure all the dirt is gone and the paint will stay on nicely. Next is the fun part, painting! I am by no means a good at drawing or painting, but with a little help from our friends at Art for Kids Hub, I was able to create these cute Pete the Cat designs.
The possibilities are endless with what you can add to your rocks. Maybe you have a monster theme and you want to paint some monsters, or even encouraging words like keep up the great work.
After the paint has dried, make sure to use to a clear coat on the rocks so they’ll be sealed and hold up to the wear and tear of the classroom.
It doesn’t matter how great or bad you think they look because in the kids mind, they see Pete the Cat and they couldn’t be any more happy about that!
Using the painted rocks as a classroom incentive is a fun twist to add and something the kids will be so excited about.
What will you paint on your rocks?