Make Painted Rock Plant Markers for Your Garden


Photos courtesy of Laura Kelly

The changing of seasons is such a fabulous time to get kids involved in planning a family garden. From the beginning ideas of what plants will grow to deciding what is needed to make a garden work, kids are most successful when included from the planning stages. Here’s one easy way to get your kids engaged in your family gardening projects.

Kids love to paint rocks! This artistic activity will give your kids a chance to have some ownership of the garden plot before the plants go in the ground.


Rocks (Clean and Dry)
Plaid Apple Barrel Acrylic Paints
Mod Podge Outdoor


Paint the vegetables for your garden on the rocks. Allow the paint to completely dry. Apply a thick coat of Mod Podge Outdoor to rocks. Allow to completely dry before putting outdoors.

There are lots of other ways to get kids involved early in gardening. Here are a few of my other favorites:

  • Visit the library and check out books about gardening.
  • Plant seeds indoors in small cups to transfer to the garden.
  • Grow indoor plants and practice taking care of them.
  • Visit a plant museum or botanical gardens.
  • Visit a local nursery or the garden section in a hardware store.

Provided by North Carolina artist Laura Kelly, creator of Laura Kelly Designs. Find more of her crafts at

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