I mentioned in my last posting that our family brought home LOTS of rocks from our recent trip to Lake Erie. They are currently living in random buckets, jars and boxes all around the garage and back yard. I find them sorted by size, soaking in tubs of water and even stacked in little towers that I imagine some passing druids have left on my patio.
All of the rock-collecting blame can't rest on the kids alone, though. I did my fair share of rock gathering on vacation. Aidan is really interested in spelling words lately so I decided to make the kids a set of alphabet rocks based on a tutorial I saw that used rub-on letters. I gathered a big bucket of small smooth stones of various shapes and sizes. We had lots of leftover paint from a rock-painting project so I just decided to paint my letters. (Also, there was not a Joann's in site.)
I made a set for each of them and they turned out pretty cute. The kids seemed to like them and played with them a good bit during the last few days of vacation. They are currently living in a bowl on the dining room table. They are a great reminder of our recent vacation and awesome pre-dinner entertainment for everyone!