Join our newsletter and get a FREE eBook with The Artful Parent’s 10 BEST Kids Art Ideas!

How to Make Painted Rock Houses: An Easy Nature Art Activity for Kids

by Jean Van't Hul
April 1, 2021

Gather some rocks on a walk and head home to make these fun painted rock houses! This is such a fun and easy nature activity for kids of all ages.

painted rock by a tree

Updated April 2021

Want to make some charming little rock houses for your garden or for play? These cute houses are super fun and easy for kids to make, and using rocks as a canvas is surprisingly satisfying!

These painted rock houses will make a cute addition to your garden. You could also use them for pretend play, or you could also leave them in your neighbor’s or friend’s garden as a surprise gift!

rock houses pinterest
This post contains affiliate links.

Painted Rock Houses for Kids


*If you can find rocks that are domed or house shaped, they work especially well.

Time needed: 1 hour.


  1. Paint rock

    Begin by painting the main colors of the rock house. You may choose to add windows, a door, and perhaps a roof.

    child decorating painted rock house

    Let dry completely.

    Children painting rock houses for kids

  2. Add details

    After the painted rock house dries, it is time to add additional details with Sharpies or other permanent markers. We especially like metallic Sharpies for this step.

  3. Time to play!

    Painted rock houses are wonderful to display anywhere in the house or outdoors! They are also tons of fun for pretend play!

    Red painted rock house with pink car on road map

Kids may enjoy creating a fairy house to place under a tree, or a house to incorporate with your own DIY Play Mat for Kids.

pink painted rock house

More Decorated Rocks Ideas for Kids

Pin It For Later

painted rock houses pinterest

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

10 Best Kids Art Ideas
10 Best Kids Art Ideas

Join our newsletter and get our FREE Creative Activities

Where can we send you our FREE Creative Activities?

Join our newsletter and get our 10 Best Kids Art Ideas eBook as a gift from us

Your privacy is our top priority and we promise to keep your email safe! For more information, please see our privacy policy.