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Parents are Going Crazy Over this New Fun, Free Activity for Kids!

Parents are Going Crazy Over this New Fun, Free Activity for Kids!

A new craze is sweeping the nation and I am LOVING IT.

It’s free.
It’s fun.
It gets kids away from technology.
It teaches them to share.
It’s getting them outside and exercising.

What more could you ask for?

It’s as simple as getting kids to decorate some rocks and then hiding them in their local park for other kids to find!


How brilliant is this idea started by Facebook Group WA Rocks, described as a “statewide movement that combines nature play, exploration, creativity, art and FUN! Paint rocks for others to find, or go out hunting yourself and discover what treasures are hiding near you! WA Rocks is the original statewide movement and the largest of it’s kind. We pride ourselves on our community spirit and friendly vibe! The group started with just a few hundred members but has ballooned to over 34,000 members in just 8 weeks and growing daily.

They have sister groups in other states:

We proudly support our sister groups!
NSW ROCKS
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1799672490361808/
VIC ROCKS
https://www.facebook.com/groups/444765092581663
QLD ROCKS
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1471016252957650/
TAS ROCKS
https://www.facebook.com/groups/747886608714776/
SA ROCKS
https://www.facebook.com/groups/472058296473575/
NT ROCKS
https://www.facebook.com/groups/620693811471968/
ACT ROCKS
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1200931683368193/

By joining the Facebook page you can use a search function in your suburb to see what’s been hidden there recently and check the comments for updates.

They recommend the use of natural river stones and using acrylic paints, permanent markers, nail polish and paint pens to decorate then spraying with a spray sealer. Kids can pop their postcode on the rock so people can see how far it’s travelled, take a picture and then hide it before posting the picture along with clues (landmarks, park name, street sign, suburb etc.)

They encourage a “catch and release” system where once you’ve found your lucky rock, you can take a picture and post it on Facebook to show off what you’ve found and post details of its new location for others to search for.

Psychologists believe society has reached a tipping point with kids and technology and that’s why parents have been so keen to embrace this. It teaches kids creativity and altruism by sharing their rocks. It is estimated kids spend approximately 22 hours a week inside glued to their devices and during school holidays this can blow out to around 50 hours with potentially damaging side effects including childhood obesity, poor motor skills, low muscle and bone development, poor memory and eyesight and sleep disruption.

Perth expects up to 100,000 kids will become rock collectors by Christmas.

This idea ROCKS!!!!!!!

 

Source: Facebook/WA Rocks

Carolyn Murphy

Carolyn Murphy

Carolyn Murphy is a married mother of three and regularly provides us with recipes and strange but true stories about her life. When she’s not here, she can also be found on her website pinkpostitnote.com where all her other recipes are located!

One comment

  1. Hi! There are lots of small local groups across the states and territories too, which focus on building community and having fun with kids, at least one of which has been going for years! If you can’t find a local group in your area, start one!

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