Our New Family Hobby That ROCKS!


Our New Family Hobby That Rocks! | Columbia SC Moms BlogWhat if I told you about a hobby that is very low cost, involves minimal supplies, and appeals to all ages? In addition, the final product doesn’t collect dust and can bring joy to someone else in your community, whether a friend or a stranger. What could be more fun, right?

In the Prescott house, we love art and creativity. My ten year old twins have flitted from pottery to painting to knitting to jewelry-making and back again. Not a day goes by that I don’t find sketches, stories, or sculptures scattered throughout the house. But, as every parent knows, kids’ art collections can easily overwhelm your storage and sanity. As happy as I am to see those sweet little artists at work, I cringe when the door of the fridge is completely wallpapered with artwork. You know what I’m talking about, mammas. I know I am not the only one. 

The discovery of a new type of art…

One day I read online about rock art, and I thought it might be the perfect solution. After all, materials are readily available and the art work is left in public places to be discovered by a passerby, rather than collected at home. Coincidentally, a few weeks after I heard about rock art, my kids discovered a small rock painted to look like a strawberry, while we were traveling. That one little strawberry rock inspired a new pastime for us.

How to get started painting rocks

Some of you may be thinking, “I can’t paint. How can I do that?” Well, it’s easier than you think! And, you don’t have to be Picasso to paint a rock. 

You only need a few supplies to paint rocks: Rocks (you can find nice smooth black rocks at the Dollar Tree), paint or permanent markers, Mod Podge, and a waterproofing spray. On our Facebook page you can find a printable to make the little labels to stick on the back of your rocks. That’s all you need to get started!

Connect with other rock painters!

It turns out that there are Facebook rock painting communities popping up all over the country and people from kids to adults are jumping on this hobby with enthusiasm, markers, and Mod Podge. Surprisingly, I couldn’t find any such group in the Columbia area. So, we decided to create our own!

We have now founded IRMO ROCKS, a Facebook group created for the purpose of decorating, sharing and hiding tiny pieces of artwork that were once just rocks. Each rock has a message on the back saying, “Keep or Re-hide. Please post on FB Irmo Rocks.”

We have hidden about 30 rocks so far and we know that at least a few of them have been found. Our group is growing very slowly, but I hope to entice more members to join us soon! Check us out and join the group here! We hope to see you hiding rocks around Irmo soon!

Do you enjoy rock art? Have you found one of these gems hidden around town? 

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Leah Prescott questions her choice of career frequently as she homeschools her 9-year-old identical twin daughters, while protecting her rambunctious 3-year-old son from daily catastrophe. Although it’s a joy to be with her children each day, she often feels ill-equipped to fill all of the roles she has been given; at such times she turns to the Lord and very strong coffee. She has been married to her college sweetheart, Craig, for almost 13 years and they all live together in a too-small house with an adorable beagle who has dedicated her life to barking. A Southern girl, Leah loves to talk, write, craft, treasure-hunt at thrift stores, make lists, and spend time with her family. Her professional background is cobbled from adventures in many fields including legal, food service, advertising, childcare, and customer service. The common thread has always been the drive to write and to connect with others. One day, she would love to pen a book about parenting twins or a reflection on education as a second-generation homeschooler. For now, she blogs about potty-training mishaps, twins with curly hair, thrift store shopping tips, and healthy recipes that can be completed during a half-episode of RescueBots.


  1. My kids found a Santa Claus rock today in Cedar Mountain, NC… It was in the bottom of a hollow tree and not easy to retrieve … the back had “colasc rocks” on it… could it be one of yours? …


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