I had not planned to write a whole post dedicated to this project, but it was so incredibly enjoyable that I had to share it. We made these thankful stones, an idea from The Artful Year – Autumn ebook by Jean Van’t Hul of The Artful Parent. To be honest, we did this before I’d even purchased the ebook — it’s one of the sample pages here. Of course, I did then purchase the book, even though autumn is nearly over we’ll be heading in a more winterly direction soon (good news — there’s a winter ebook, too!). It’s definitely not too late to try out all those pumpkin recipes!
Anyway, back to the rocks — which we heated up and then “colored” with crayons, which basically just melted onto the rocks. I can’t really explain why this was so fun; you’ll just have to try it! I have no photos of the process, which required quite a bit of supervision to make sure no one got burned on the hot stones (we almost got through unscathed, until Bea couldn’t resist the temptation to grab a colorful rock — but she was fine in short order). It was so much fun no one wanted to stop (except Bea, who didn’t want anything to do with them after that), and I kept trying to think up reasons to do this again in the near future. Maybe for Valentine’s Day, with pithy candy heart sayings? I wonder if glitter crayons would work to make sparkly stones? Any other suggestions?