1) Purchased a bag of Pond Rocks at Home Depot for $2
4) We set the timer for 10 minutes and dried the rocks in the oven at 250 degrees. She counted down how much longer we had to wait, and we talked about letting Mommy touch the hot oven, not her.
5) Time to paint the rocks! For easy cleanup, I like to have the kids paint on tinfoil. When they are done, we just fold it up and toss it. We talked about using one paintbrush for each color, and then when that went awry, we talked about what happens when colors mix. It was tricky to hold and paint all the sides of the rocks, but they did well.
6) Let the rocks dry completely.
7) Paint the plant names (or kids' names or whatever you choose) on the rocks with white paint. I did a few with black sharpe marker but don't recommend it- it ran in the last step! I let Violet try to figure out what each rock said based on the first letter and some hints about each plant. She recognized her name and her siblings names right away!
8) Spray all sides of the rocks with a coat of Mod Podge Spray Acrylic Finish to make them shiny and weather-proof. This made the black sharpe marker run, so I was glad I'd used white paint on most of them.
9) Put them in your garden to mark your plants, or in a sandbox or rock pile to add some color and fun.