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“Everybody Needs a Rock.  I’m sorry for kids who don’t have a rock for a friend.”

In Byrd Baylor’s book, Everybody Needs a Rock, she shows you why it is important to find a special rock to call your very own.  She even gives you 10 rules to help you choose a rock.  If you want to learn more about how to choose the perfect rock for our craft, look for the book Everybody Needs a Rock at a library near you and read it before starting our project this month.

This month’s project is to find a special rock in nature and turn it into your very own pet rock!  Your pet rock will be completely unique and you can take it with you on all of your adventures!


What You Need

  • A special rock found in nature
  • Acrylic paints or permanent markers, as well as any other materials you would like to use for decorating your pet rock
  • Craft glue or a hot glue gun

What You Do  

Explore your backyard, a nearby park, or down by the South Platte River and search for a rock that is special to you.  It should be the perfect shape, size, color, smell, and texture, so take your time looking.  This will be your new pet rock!

Take your pet rock and wash it off.  Let it dry.


Use paint, permanent markers, glitter, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, feather, sticks, and any other items you can find to decorate your pet rock to make it look like whatever creature you would like.  You can decorate your pet to look like a real animal or you can make one up….Be creative!!


Get to know your new pet:

What is your pet’s name?

What does your pet eat?

Where does your pet like to live?

What shape is your pet?

What textures does your pet have (What does your pet feel like)?

Is your pet light or heavy?

Carry your new pet rock around in your pocket or backpack for all of your adventures!  You can even take your new pet rock to visit the South Platte River and compare it with other rocks you find!


mary-01.jpgCrusher's Crafts are created by SPREE staffer Mary Palumbo.  Each month Mary comes up with a new craft that can be made from household items and found objects from just outside your front door.


Look on the left column for a complete list of all the crafts!