Kids can turn an ordinary beach stone into a good luck stone to bring good fortune and to ward off scary thoughts and worries.
Today we’re making our these good luck stones or lucky charms out of some of the small stones in our large collection of beach rocks.
These stones are terrific to make and sell at school-fundraisers and church bazaars!
You can make these lucky stones just for fun, or if your child has some anxieties or fears, having a lucky stone tucked into a pocket or sitting on a bedside table and just help to ease some worries.
I got the idea to make good luck stones after chatting with my Facebook followers a while back. We were discussing bedtime fears. My followers were suggesting ways to help kids who struggle with the fear of monsters or a fear of the dark, or just nighttime fears in general. A few parents said their kids’ bedtime fears eased up when they were given a lucky charm to hold while they were drifting off to sleep.
I loved the suggestion (hey, I carried a lucky penny in my wallet for years), and I thought of my collection of beach stones. We have quite a large collection because I like to transform stones into playful learning tools and toys for the hooligans. A small good luck stone to hold at bedtime or to place beside a child’s bed sounded like a great idea, so I set out to make a few.
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To make our good luck stones I used:
Making the lucky stones:
Wash your stones so they’re free of all dirt and debris. If the stones are not completely clean and dry your paint may not adhere well.
Give your stones a coat of acrylic craft paint. I chose metallic paint for these stones because I wanted them to look shimmery and magical. If you don’t have metallics, you could certainly use regular craft paint for this project.
Allow your stones to dry thoroughly, and give them a second coat of paint. I was happy with the coverage that 2 coats of paint gave us. If you need to apply a 3rd coat, allow the 2nd coat to dry thoroughly first.
When your paint is completely dry, use a glue gun to affix a sparkly gem or jewel to the top of your stone.
Ask your kids what powers they think a good luck stone might have. I asked the hooligans, and these are some of the answers they gave me:
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.