Black Lives Matter Painted Rocks {Tutorial}

Black Lives Matter Kid Craft

My daughters wanted to participate in the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement that is happening around the world. We crafted these BLM rocks to jump start conversations with other kids.

In the past, I have taken them to protests to voice our opinion. Lately, the city where we live, Seattle has been tear gassing peacefully protesting children. Also troubling, recently a terrorist drove through a crowd, then shot a gentlemen who had been peacefully protesting.

We brainstormed other ways we can help create change. Other than participate in a protest, we wanted to bring the unfair systematic racism conversation into our community.

We decided to add BLM rocks to a local area park. They were placed close to the sidewalk, to be seen & taken as conversation starters for other kids.

Rocks make a smooth, and inexpensive, surface to decorate, once a base paint is added to them. We have used rocks before to show appreciation, learn about flags, and other Islamic cultures.

Below are the steps to how we made them, in hopes that others will do the same to start other similar conversations. I received the supplies for my role at Plaid Ambassador.

Supplies

We took this flat rock from under our deck, so first we watched it with soap and a deep brush to remove any dirt particles. Once it was dry, my daughter added a coat of white paint, waited for it to dry, then added a second layer.

I helped her write the letters BLM on the rocks with the thin brush and black paint. After a few of them, I drew the letters in pencil & my daughter gave it a try by painting over the lines. Pretty soon, she was painting the letters directly on the rocks by herself.

And the final step was to add some heart shapes around the letters using red and pink paint. My daughter made these by using the thin paintbrush to make the letter V.

If your rocks are going to be inside, you are done. However, if you are going to put your rocks outside in a garden, make sure to add a sealant to help protect the paint. I also made one extra rock that said TAKE ONE to make sure kids (and their caregivers) knew they were gifts.

Check out this Racial Justice: Resources for Teaching Children list from Multicultural Kid Blogs if you need help in ways to jump start your conversation or these resources on our blog

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Ramadan Crafts Contest Winner {Resource}

To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of #CraftyRamadan, a Ramadan crafts 30 day challenge, A Crafty Arab held a contest and today we picked a winner.

This annual challenge was to create a project a day for the Islamic holy month, Ramadan, when Muslims around the world fast, with 30 days of activities for parents and caregivers to do with children.

My daughters and I were excited to see all the crafts that we had been tagged in.

Ultimately we picked Daisy, who used our Nazar felt tutorial to create her own hair clip for her daughter.

We have to say, it was an incredibly hard decision as there were so many great choices. We will be contacting them to offer other prizes since we were so touched that our tutorials were used.

Due to the pandemic, Plaid Crafts is a little backed up in the warehouse and will have to substitute a few items from those that I listed on the original contest rules.

To make up for it, they will increase the prize package from $50 to $100. What a generous offer! Be sure to check out all the ways we have fun with my role as Plaid Ambassador.