Preview: Have your kids gotten into the kindness rock craze?! Here are 10 ideas of places to hide painted rocks with your kids!
What are kindness rocks?
Sometimes you find kindness in the most surprising places.
While walking into a restaurant recently, my daughter saw something painted to look like Cookie Monster sitting on the ledge near the entrance. We went to take a closer look and were so excited to find our very first kindness rock! She and her sister were so happy. They started to talk about who might have left it there and where they will re-hide it. The rock made them happy (as intended!) and they couldn’t wait to make someone else happy. A love of kindness rocks (and finding places to hide painted rocks!) was born.
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If you haven’t heard of them, kindness rocks are just simple rocks painted by a person and hidden for another person to find. It was started by a lady who named it The Kindness Rocks Project. It started with a sweet story about connectingwith her parents in heaven and became a national sensation.
What a wonderful way to teach children kindness and the value of brightening someone’s day! I think many adults are surprised at how giving and generous children can be. They actually do get excited to give a gift to someone else or even lend a helping hand. Hiding painted rocks is a simple gesture that leads to big smiles.
You can paint your own rocks to hide or (if you aren’t feeling crafty!) you can buy painted rocks to hide! You can even get the t-shirt!:
We like to hide the rocks in place that other children will find them. It is so important for kids to find out (on their own) that there are kind people in the world. My kids and I like to imagine the look on the child’s face when they find a funny or cute painted rock. We talk about what we think they will say and guess where they might re-hide it. This is one of my very favorite mommy-and-me bonding moments!
Fun places for kids to hide painted rocks (or kindness rocks):
- In the library near the kids books!
- At the park on top of the slide
- In/on an electric riding toy in front of stores
- At a bus stop (school bus stop or public transportation)
- On grocery store quarter machines
- Inside grocery store “kid carts” (like the car shaped ones or carts with double plastic seats)
- At the ice cream stand (somewhere low so kids will spot it first!)
- In a store near the cereal or cookies (or the candy!)
- At the baseball field, in the dugout or near the concession stand
- Near the entrance to the toy store
If you want a fun, easy way to keep track of the rocks you hide, create a unique Instagram hashtag and add a small label to the bottom if the rock letting the “finder” know where they can share the fun! Won’t your kids be so excited when they get to see the happy people who found their random act of kindness?!
These are just a few suggestions of places we like to hide painted rocks. Please be aware of property laws/rules/policies and safety when deciding where to place your rocks.
Mommy and Me time, arts and crafts, teaching kids the power of giving, spreading kindness- what more could you ask for?! I hope you and your children enjoy finding places to hide painted rocks together!