Guide to Making Kindness Rocks

Guide to Kindness Rocks

I first learned about the Kindness Rock Project through a friend that brought idea this to my town. I love everything about kindness rocks, because they encourage positivity, creativity, and connection through painting rocks. And it’s a fun way to talk to your kids about random acts of kindness.

So what is it? First you collect rocks, paint them, write an uplifting message, and then leave them in public places to brighten someone’s day. How fun!


Materials for Kindness Rocks

Of course there are different ways to go about this, but I will walk you through the steps we used to create our kindness rocks. First, gather the materials. All the purchased materials can be found at Michael’s or Walmart. Here’s a list of everything you will need:

  • Acrylic pant
  • Paint brushes
  • Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer
  • Paint pens
  • Rocks
  • Painting surface (i.e. newspaper)

To collect the rocks we went on a Nature Walk Scavenger Hunt. Larger rocks with flat surfaces work the best.

rock collecting for kindness rocks
Rock collecting.

Before painting, don’t forget to change your clothes and lay down newspaper or other type of painting surface.


Painting kindness rocks

Now paint a first coat on your rocks. Depending on the type of paint you choose, these may need a second layer of paint. This the hard part…wait for the paint to dry.

After the paint has dried, I sprayed them with the Mod Podge sealer. I like to do this before using the paint pens, because it creates a smoother surface. However, this does require more waiting for the sealer to dry.

messy hands kindness rocks
Messy hands!


Once the sealer is dry, you are ready to decorate your rocks! I asked my kids to come up with things that will put a smile on someone’s face. They came up with:

  • You are awesome
  • Smile
  • I hope you feel better (this one was for a friend that had his tonsils out).
  • You matter
  • Follow your heart
  • Dream big
  • Love your heart
  • Have fun
  • Go Gators (we had to throw this one in).
  • Have a great day
  • A drawing of a stegosaurus
  • Be kind

Rock Placement

placing the kindness rocks
Placing the rocks at the park.

The final step is to place the rocks in a public place. The boys and I had fun placing these rocks at our neighborhood park.

I’d love to hear about your experience with kindness rocks!

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