Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Book Based Activities - Painting Pebbles

We love our books so much that I have decided we are going to do a monthly activity where we do something that has been inspired by the books we have been reading. 

This month we have been reading a great selection of books and you will be able to hear all about them in my next monthly book round up. We have chosen one of the stories we have been reading to do our activity. 

The book we have chosen is called Peters Pebbles. I will be writing more details about the story in my monthly book round up but the main story line is that he collects pebbles and then paints them into animals. Magically the pebbles come to life and turn into real animals.

Lily loves collecting pebbles and so we already had a great collection of them stashed away. I got them out so then we could paint our own pebbles into animals.

I read the story to Lily again, and then we had a good look at the animals in the book that peter had painted. I got out the paints, and paintbrushes and we were ready to paint. 





Lily decided she wanted to make a giraffe first. So I asked her what colour the giraffe was and she said yellow. I found her the pebble that was most giraffe like. (unfortunately most our pebbles were really round) and then got Lily to find me the yellow paint. She then painted the pebble untill the side was fully yellow. We then put it to dry. Then she decided she wanted to do an elephant. We chose the biggest pebble for this one. She found the colour blue and painted that pebble blue. 



Lily also chose to make a crocodile, a fish and a monkey. After she had painted them all we left them to dry and went and played somewhere else.

It didn't take too long to dry and they looked great. We needed to do the next part of the painting which was the giving them faces and putting the details on them. We first looked at the giraffe and I asked her what colour the giraffes splodges was. She said brown and so she gave the giraffe some brown splodges. 


We gave the crocodile some zig zags on its back, we gave the fish a stripe, and the elephant a face and tail. We did a yellow circle on the monkey for his face and gave him little paws and feet. 


We then left them to dry one final time. Not long later they were finished!! My favourite has to be the monkey. I think she has done a really good job with that one. 


Of corse Lily is only 2 years old so these aren't decorated perfectly and this activity you could do with any age. You could also go out and first hunt the perfect shaped pebbles for your animals. 
Lily really enjoyed this activity and its one we will have to do in the future after we have collected some more pebbles ourselves. 

Would you try this activity? What animals would you little one love to paint? 

20 comments:

  1. never thought of painting pebbles

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  2. I remember painting Rock Pets with my children. Daniel had a ladybird pet!

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  3. I like that idea, but would have to be dinosauars as mine are dinosaur mad.

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  4. We already do this we mainly do cats

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  5. Painting pebbles looks fun, I think we could try bees and ladybirds!

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  6. we paint shells too and make frog faces

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  7. Wow, this such a good idea and I love the finished pebbles, my favourite is definitely the monkey too! I really love the idea of relating an activity back to a book, it is a great way to remember and learn from it!

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  8. It's great how she knew which colours to use for which animal, the monkey has come out really well x

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  9. This looks like so much fun, and something I'd love to do with my daughter! And it's really cool that she knew which colours to go for!

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  10. This is such a sweet activity and I love the sound of the book.

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  11. What a cute activity! I love this idea. Tx

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  12. This is such a cool activity - definitely one to try out. Lily looks like she's having fun

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  13. They look amazing considering she is only 2! What a fun activity. I like the money as well.

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  14. Oh what a lovely fun activity! Wish we had tried it out when my son was younger, I'm not sure he'd be so interested now.

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  15. Ashleigh Allan23 July 2017 at 09:27

    Looks fun. We would do farm animals

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  16. looks like fun, sure kids would enjoy this

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  17. this looks like a fun activity to do outdoors with my granddaughter

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  18. Painting pebbles is so much fun, my niece just loves doing this.

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  19. I've read this story to my son and also painted pebbles with him would reccommend this book

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