Painted Rocks Mindfulness Craft for Kids

Apr 19, 2023

This rock painting mindfulness craft for kids includes directions on how to paint rocks with positive affirmations and spread joy to others by placing them around parks and neighborhoods. It is a great mindful craft for preschoolers, kindergartners, grade school age, and more.

For this mindfulness craft, you will need to start out by going for a nature walk and picking out rocks to paint. Rocks of all different shapes and sizes work great. You will also need acrylic paint, paintbrushes, and optional Sharpie markers.

After completing your positive affirmation rocks you can take kids on a walk through a local park or neighborhood. Have kids put painted rocks around the path or beside trees to brighten someone’s day. People will love finding your little one’s artwork and seeing the positive affirmation craft on their walks.

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Mindfulness Positive Affirmation Rock Painting Craft

Mindfulness Rocks Tips for Success

*When searching for rocks to paint most rocks will work. We preferred flat rocks of all different sizes and colors because these were the easiest for my little ones to paint on.

*We choose to use acrylic paints when painting our rocks. This way the paint should last long enough but can also wash off in the rain. We love using bright colors to make them pop outside more.

*Your little one can paint the rocks any way they desire. Mine loved painting different colors all over the rocks. Older children can also draw images that would go well on mindfulness rocks like clouds, butterflies, hearts, etc…

*Once finished with the painting parts let your rocks dry. You can then use a Sharpie to write the phrases on. This is usually easier for children than painting the words on (unless you’re a pro painter!).


Mindfulness Rock Painting Craft for Preschool

What are some good, short, mindful phrases?

Some good mindfulness phrases that are short and easy for kids to write on the rocks would be things like: 

  • Be kind
  • You are beautiful
  • You are loved
  • You are smart
  • You are kind
  • Breathe
  • Don’t worry, be happy
  • Namaste
  • Smile
  • You create your calm
  • Dream big
  • Work hard
  • You can do it!
  • You are brave
  • You matter
  • Take deep breathes
  • Stop and smell the roses
Rock Painting Mindfulness Craft Pin

Painted Rocks Mindfulness Crafts for Kids



  • Flat rocks of any size and color
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • Sharpie markers

    Positive Affirmation Rocks Directions

    1. Go on a rock hunt around the neighborhood and find all different sizes and colors of rocks. Flat ones work best for writing on.
    2. Using different colors of acrylic paints let your little ones paint their rocks however they desire. They could paint colors, one color, images, and more on them.
    3. Let dry.
    4. Using a Sharpie marker, write positive affirmations and mindful sayings on the rocks. For a list of possible sayings see above.
    5. Go on another neighborhood walk and set rocks next to trees and along the pathway for other people to find and to brighten their day.


      Hi, I'm Rachael. I am a kindergarten teacher turned stay-at-home mom of two sweet girls.

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