Testing Out the Inspiration Rock Art Activity Kit!

Did you know that Mardel carries a great selection of craft kits and craft supplies for children? Perhaps you are looking for an activity to keep your child or grandchild busy for a bit this summer. I’ve been curious myself about the appeal of these kits, so I decided to take one home over the weekend and have my neighbor’s daughter put it together. I simply served as an observer, as I wanted to see the quality of the kit, whether the contents were sufficient to complete the project, how long it would take, as well as seeing how age appropriate and fun it would be! This particular kit did not disappoint!

 

There is a movement called “kindness rocks”, and people paint rocks then hide them at the beach, the park, the playground, or under a tree for someone else to find. This particular kit is called Inspiration Rock Art Activity Kit by Amav Enterprises.

The contents include 5 stones, a sticker sheet with 16 design options, 6 acrylic paints, a paint brush, glue, an assortment of gemstones, 2 tubes of glitter powder, and an instruction sheet with words and pictures on both sides.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My neighbor Katelyn is 10 years old, and is in 5th grade. I laid out all of the contents of the kit, and told her to just have fun with it!

Process:

Washed & dried rocks thoroughly, per the written instructions

Selected rock and cut design, per written instructions

Peeled transparent film from design, per the written instructions

Laid design, face down, on the rock, per the picture instructions

Put a couple drops of water on design, per the picture instructions

1st attempt to peel off the backing of the design was a failure

Chose another design, went through the same peeling of film and adding water drops

This time we left the design sitting on the rock, holding it in place with a paper towel, for 2 minutes prior to peeling off the backing.  Design stayed in place (no image — sorry! ).

Decorated with glitter powder, paint, and gemstones, included in the kit

Did a second rock as well, using the 2 minute process discovered on the second attempt, and was successful

Katelyn creatively decorated 2 rocks in 45 minutes

Instructions said to let it all dry in an hour, and that was an accurate time frame.

 

Helpful hints/observations:

Toothpicks were used to help guide the glitter into the desired location on the design.

Q-tips were used to absorb excess glue when needed (gemstone was smaller than glue dot placed onto the rock).

The glue was easy to use, and the paints were not dried out.

The instructions do not have words on each picture, but simply follow what the picture shows to do, making sure you do not remove the backing of the design too soon.

 

Katelyn and I would highly recommend this kit!  It was fun, allowed for her to be her own kind of creative, and the end result was amazing!

 


Lisa WarrenAs a Web Merchandiser for Mardel, I write on Education, Jewelry, and Apparel for our web site.  I write from the heart of being a wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and Women’s Ministry Coordinator at my church.  More than anything else, I love the Lord.

 

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