Kid-Approved, Farmhouse-Themed Painted Story Rocks

Let their imaginations run wild with these super simple story rocks.

DIY Farm-Themed Story Rocks
Loading Video...
Show: HGTV Happy

Whether you're looking to bust summer boredom or simply want to encourage your child to step away from the TV screen, these DIY painted story rocks are sure to do the trick. Start with the adorable farm-themed set seen here, then move on to fairytale castles, beautiful beaches, rustic camping and beyond. The options truly are endless, and kids will love adding new elements to their collections.

Though optional, we started by painting our rocks white to allow the images to really pop. Once dry, use markers to draw themed characters. We chose a farm animal theme, so our characters included pigs, chickens, cows and even a barn and fences. Once all of our farm animals and accessories were complete, we covered a coffee can with red adhesive vinyl, drew a barn door on it and filled it will all of the story rocks. To finish, we topped it off with a bowl on top for the ideal barn look. As your child's stories become more elaborate, encourage them to add fresh elements to the set. This is one kid-friendly activity that definitely grows with your child.

Story Rocks Sit in the Grass as a Child Chooses One

A Child Leans Over to Pick Up a Story Rock in the Grass

A child laughing as she picks from a large group of painted rocks. The rocks are called story rocks and feature a painted white surface with a variety of farm animals drawn on each rock.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Next Up

How to Make a Kids' Mud Kitchen + Activity Table

Keep the kids entertained for hours with this outdoor play bench where they can cook up muddy creations, build sand castles or play with tractors all day long.

Keep the Kids Busy Indoors With Our Rainy Day Scavenger Hunt

Wash away those rainy day blues with our kid-friendly indoor scavenger hunt you can download and print at home for free.

Print Our Road Trip Scavenger Hunt for Your Next Family Car Ride

Keep the kids busy in the car with our road trip scavenger hunt that you can download and print before hitting the open road.

Mother's Day Kids' Craft: Fingerprint Table Runner

Get the kids involved in crafting and decorating for Mother's Day brunch by personalizing a plain white table runner with colorful fingerprints.

Explore the Great Outdoors With Our Nature Scavenger Hunt

Hit the trails this spring and summer with our fun, free outdoor scavenger hunt you can download and print at home. It's a great way to get the kids or the whole family outside and away from screens.

Mother's Day Kids' Craft: Hand-Painted Wooden Bracelets

From fingerprints to polka dots and stripes, the kids can get creative personalizing these wooden bracelets just for Mom.

How to Make a Paper Airplane

Learn the simple steps for high-flying fun with this tutorial on five basic paper airplane patterns.

5 Easy DIY Halloween Headbands

Looking for the perfect headgear for Halloween? Craft one of these easy-to-make headbands — googly monster eyes, spiderweb, deely bobber antenna, a giant spider or a crown. Kids and adults will love crafting and wearing these fun and festive Halloween headbands.

DIY Easter Games for the Whole Family

Hunting for eggs isn't the only Easter activity. This year, keep the candy coming and the games going with some clever ideas for celebrating the season.

Mother's Day Kids' Craft: Fingerprint Picture Frames

The kids will have a great time making these one-of-a-kind keepsake frames that Mom will love, especially when a favorite photo is included.

Go Shopping

Get product recommendations from HGTV editors, plus can’t-miss sales and deals.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.