Paint Kindness Rocks

Age Range: All Ages
Time Required: 30–60 mins
Fundamental: Service

Decorate rocks with positive messages and bright pictures and leave them where they can be seen to spread some kindness to people who may need it.

Materials Needed

  • Rocks of different shapes and sizes. Smooth, flat rocks tend to work the best
  • Non-toxic paint
  • Clear sealant/PVA glue
  • Paint brushes
  • Painting sponges
  • Paint pens (optional)

Help Needed

  • Girls of all ages should be able to do most of this activity on their own.
  • Girls under 8 may need help finding and writing messages.


  1. Gather rocks of various shapes and sizes
  2. Paint a bright and happy picture or paint/write a positive quote or message on your rock – get creative!
  3. Let the rocks dry
  4. Seal the rocks with clear sealant or PVA glue and let dry
  5. Place your finished rocks outside where people can see them. This could be outside your Guide Hall, at the edge of your front yard, or in the local park – but make sure you check if you need permission before leaving them in a public place.

As a Girl Guide, How Can I Lead This Activity?

Lead a brainstorm session with your Unit to find creative ideas for pictures to paint and messages to write

As a Unit Leader, How Can I Make This Activity Girl Led?

Encourage the girls to use their creativity to decide what they want to paint and write on their rocks

As a Unit, how can we make sure everyone is included?

Make sure everyone has the materials they need, and provide assistance to any younger Guides who may need help writing their quotes or messages

Follow Up Questions and Reflections

  • What can we do differently next time?
  • What other activities could you do with your new skills?
  • How did it make you feel?
  • What did you like or dislike?
  • What did you learn?

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