I was looking through my Instagram feed this weekend when something extra special caught my eye – and it was simply a picture of some painted rocks. They weren’t the best quality or something you’d necessarily spend money on in a store, but they were cool in a different kind of way. They each offered an inspirational message or simply said something positive or kind.
This sparked my interest and curiosity had me dig a little deeper – following the hashtag that accompanied the post: #THEKINDNESSROCKSPROJECT. What I learned was pretty awesome.
So what is The Kindness Rocks Project? It’s pretty simple – with two main goals…
Goal #1: Inspire others through randomly placed rocks along the way
Goal #2: Recruit every person who stumbles upon it to join in the pursuit of inspiring others through random acts of kindness
This project was right up my alley. I enlisted the kids’ help for the weekend project because this was an awesome way to spread kindness and help brighten someone’s day! This is a great idea for a project with the kids, Girl Scout or Boy Scout troops, or even to do alone one day (you know, when the kids promise to help but get bored after one rock each….just sayin’).
It’s pretty self-explanatory, but I looked up the steps anyway.
Step #1: You will need some rocks! (DUH!)
Flat smooth rocks work best. We found ours along the shore in Hampton Bays, but obviously you can find rocks just about anywhere!
Step #2: Prepare the rocks by spraying or painting them with non-toxic spray paint. Not necessary, but this will set the rock surface for your artwork/writing and seals the rock so your paint pens will last longer.
Where can you find interesting, inspiring quotes to use? Check out Pinterest or Instagram or simply create your own – sometimes those are the best of all!
Step #3: Use Oil Base Sharpie Paint Pens to create your artwork. Not necessary to get this specific pen, but they worked good for us!
Try to add the #THEKINDNESSROCKSPROJECT to the back of each rock you drop so others can join us and share their pictures when they find one, that way you can follow the journey of your rock…
Step #4: Paint a final coat of non-toxic clear sealant — this helps protect the artwork from the elements and the paint from altering the environment. We used Mod Podge outdoor sealant (I can’t believe in 43 years, I am finally able to say I used “Mod Podge” – I always wondered what it is!!).
Step #5: Let them dry and scatter kindness.
You never know how one single rock with your words may change the day – the life – of the person who stumbles across it!
Rock on, my friends!