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Rock and Mineral Activities for Kids

Rock Paint Activity

Now you can make paint just as people did years ago with this rock paint activity! Make your own paint with materials like rocks, charcoal, soil and clay.

What You'll Need:

  • Safety goggles
  • Crumbly rocks
  • Charcoal, soil and clay
  • Some big rocks
  • Old bowl
  • Cornstarch or corn syrup
  • Water
  • Paintbrush
  • Paper

Step 1: First, put on your safety goggles to protect your eyes. Then, gather crumbly rocks, charcoal, heavy pieces of soil and clay onto a big rock.


Step 2: Use another rock to crush them into a fine powder. (Watch your fingers!) Believe it or not, this powder will be the base for your paint.

Step 3: Mix the powder in a bowl with a little cornstarch and water (or just some corn syrup) to make a paste-like mixture.

Now you're ready to create a masterpiece with your own homemade paint! Just dip a brush into the mixture and get to work painting on your paper.

Step 4: Have a look around your backyard and see what other things can be crushed to make paint and what materials don't work all that well.

Try things like grass, flowers, leaves or sticks. Hard rocks won't work too well. See if you can mix different colors that will add some flair to your works of art!

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