I’m an avid rockhound. Whenever and wherever my family and I go, I seem to find and pick up interesting stones. My husband often teases me as I’m leaving a rocky beach with bulging pockets full of rocks, and my son is starting to become a keen collector too.
Today’s activity is a really simple, but fun, art activity. It teaches kids about some important symbols and helps them reflect on peace and conflict – a perfect kid-friendly activity for Remembrance Day, International Peace Day, or Veteran’s Day.
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How to Make Peace Stones
I usually get my art ideas from reading a book…or at the very least, am always looking for books that tie into activities I’m doing with my son, Onetime at home, or with my students at school.
These four books are the perfect inspirational companions for this activity. If you’re looking for kids books that relate more directly to Remembrance Day or Veteran’s Day, or just war and conflict in general – be sure to check out this post too.
Supplies You’ll Need:
- Smooth stones (we found ours at the beach, but you could always purchase them too)
- Permanent markers (red, black, purple, blue and green are good!) I like Sharpies personally with the ultra tip or brush tip.
How to Make The Peace Stones:
- Talk with your child about the different symbols associated with peace like those below. Show them how to easily draw each.
2. Give your child markers (with a protective piece of paper underneath) and invite them to create as they wish using the symbols.
These stones below were made by Kindergarteners at my school. Aren’t they gorgeous? What a great way to work on fine-motor too!