Paint Your Own Pet!

Painting Your Own Pet

Some paint, a paint brush, and… a rock? With these items, your child can create some of the cutest pets ever! Here’s how to do it:


  • Smooth rock
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Paint brush
  • Cup with water
  • Styrofoam plate
  • Paper towels
  • Newspaper

Painting You Own Pet, Where Do we Start?

To start, find a smooth rock. Have your child decide what pet the rock should be. They could make the rock a frog, a turtle, a cat, a bunny — whatever animal is her favorite!

Next, help them choose the paint colors they will need. Craft acrylics cost only about a dollar per bottle, and they work really well.

Your child will also need a Styrofoam plate to put the paint on, a cup of water for washing out the brushes, and a paper towel for dabbing the brush to make sure it’s clean. Be sure to spread the newspaper on the table so it doesn’t get any paint on it.

To begin, paint the rock the main color of the animal. For example, if your child is making a frog, she’d paint the rock green; if they are making a bunny, they might paint the rock brown or white or even both if the bunny is spotted. Let the paint dry.

Now, paint on the details, such as spots on the frog or fur on the bunny. Not sure what the pet needs? Find some books at the library or look online with your child for reference pictures. Give the pet some eyes, a nose, a mouth, and ears and a tail if it needs them.

Glossy or Matte Finish?

You can also buy some acrylic sealer to help protect the painting. This comes in a small bottle (like the paint bottles) and can be either glossy or matte. The glossy sealer will make the rock shiny; the matte coating doesn’t shine as much.

While the details are drying, help your child find out more about the animal they chose. Use those same books to find out its habitat, diet, and behavior.

Once your child’s finished their pet rock, they can make some for their friends too!

Photo by Avia Venefica

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