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Painted Rocks and Stones


This fun and imaginative game allows you to express yourself through art while brightening someone’s day with a hidden treasure.

In this play idea, we’ll take you through the basics of the game, including what supplies you’ll need, how to set it up, the rules, variations, and tips for success.

Get ready to unleash your inner artist and join the growing community of painted rock enthusiasts!




What do I need to play?

To play this fun and creative game, you will need a few supplies. First, you’ll need some smooth rocks. You can find these at your local craft store or outdoors. You’ll also need some paint in various colours, paintbrushes, and a sealant to protect your finished rocks from the elements. Lastly, you’ll need some creativity and a sense of fun!


Setting Up the Game

To set up the game, gather your rocks and painting supplies. Find a flat surface to work on, and make sure you have plenty of space to spread out your materials. It’s a good idea to protect your work surface with a drop cloth or some old newspaper to prevent any accidental spills or stains.


Rules of the game

The game of painted rocks is all about creativity and imagination. The basic rules are simple: paint your rocks in any design or pattern you like, and then hide them for others to find. When someone discovers one of your rocks, they can take it home or re-hide it for someone else to find. The goal is to spread joy and surprise by leaving these little works of art in unexpected places for others to discover.


Variations of the game

There are many variations of the game of painted rocks. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Themed rocks: Choose a theme, such as animals, nature, or holidays, and paint your rocks accordingly.
  • Treasure hunt: Hide your rocks in a specific area and create a treasure hunt with clues to help others find them all.
  • Storytelling: Use your painted rocks to create characters and scenes, and then tell stories based on your creations.


Tips for Success

To make the most of your game of painted rocks, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Use high-quality paint and sealant to ensure your rocks last as long as possible.
  • Be creative and have fun! Experiment with different designs and techniques to make your rocks stand out.
  • When hiding your rocks, be sure to place them in areas that are easy to spot but not too obvious. This will increase the chances of someone finding them and spreading the joy.
  • Share your painted rocks on social media using the hashtag #paintedrocks to connect with other players and inspire others to join in on the fun.



The game of painted rocks is a fun and creative way to spread joy and surprise in your community. With just a few supplies and some imagination, you can create little works of art that will bring a smile to someone’s face. So gather your rocks and paintbrushes, and let’s get started on our own game of painted rocks!