I’ve been researching fun kids crafts to do this summer and found this adorable tic tac toe board. Amy over at Atta Girl Says Blog, posted a simple tutorial making these little tadpoles and ladybugs with outdoor rocks. Lucky for me, I had the paint and the rocks and found the tic tac toe board base at Wal-Mart for a couple dollars.
The board I found was a 10×10, but you could use any style or size. At the Atta Girl Says Blog, Amy used a circle wood base which I think looks awesome.
I used my baby blue acrylic paint to make the water of my little tic tac toe pond.
Then I stepped outside and found 10 different rocks to use as my ladybugs and tadpole tic tac toe player pieces.
I painted five of them red…
… and five of them green. I used acrylic paint on the rocks, too.
Then I added the little ladybug details using a paintbrush, a Q-tip, and black paint.
I used a darker green for the little tadpole detailing.
White circles were added to complete these little guys and their cute eyes.
For the lily pads I made a simple paper tracer. If you need help drawing one just think of the lily pads as a heart without the bottom point. You’ll need 9 of these painted with a darker green.
I love how this turned out and can’t wait to teach it to my little friends this summer. I like this craft because I can picture the kids taking it home and sharing it with their family and them playing it together.
I’ve seen other examples of the rock creatures painted as other insects like beetles or bumblebees. There are lots of fun ideas out there.
Don’t forget to visit Atta Girl Says. She has this tutorial and other great craft ideas for kids, party plans, holiday crafts, and home projects. There are delicious recipes too!
What would you paint on the rocks?