Rainy Day Rocks

I helped collect A LOT of rocks for the awesome rock runner my sister made a few weeks ago at the beach.

We had a lot of rocks that didn’t make the cut. Not flat enough.  Not gray enough.  Not big enough.

I was left with a whole pile of perfectly flat, perfectly gray, but imperfectly thin and small rocks.

The kids and I sorted and counted and eventually started painting them.

For my just-starting to read five year old, I spelled out the first line of the Langston Hughes poem he recited in his class play, one letter to a rock.

It proved to be a great rainy day activity.  First, he unscrambled the letters to spell out his line.

We then tried to form other words with the letters.

And then back again.

I made Noah a set with the letters of his name.  He loves lining up his letters and reading them aloud.

I made a set for my niece, who is reading beautifully. I imagine it won’t be long before she can find all 75+ words I found using the letters in her name (go ahead, try it… I couldn’t stop).


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  1. bonnie says:

    Perfect…easy, educational, and non-electronic!

  2. This is such a precious little word craft! I love your photos too! It was hard to pick just one for CG:) Have fun creating with those rocks!!


  3. What a lovely idea..made me smile on this Friday afternoon..i have linked you DIY idea to my blog space..do visit me:)..cheers from Melbourne, Australia

  4. Thanks for your marvelous posting! I really enjoyed reading it, you happen to be a great author.
    I will be sure to bookmark your blog and definitely will come back very soon.
    I want to encourage yourself to continue your great writing, have a nice afternoon!


  1. […] Aren’t these rocks so naturally beautiful? I love the way this mama encourages her children to learn about the basics of reading and letter recognition by using rocks to spell out poems and other fun phrases. You can find her idea over at Love Them Madly. […]

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